Support Information for those affected by Natural Disasters

We have listed below an extensive list of links and downloads  providing information to assist you, or relatives and friends that you support, through the trauma and shock of a natural disaster. It includes resources for children and young people.
(Photo above by Sweetbixkid, Dec 27th 2010)

See also the range of trauma  and disaster support resources in our shop, and the activities and links available in our children's and youth pages, which includes links to activities to help them work through strong feelings.

For your own region or neighbourhood:

Check out the information that your local council may be making available. It could be very helpful.


When the quakes go on... and on... and on.

How to support your children after a stresful or traumatic event

Flood specific

Flood - Get Thru

Tips for Cleaning Up After a Flood (Tasman District Council)

NZ Red Cross Info Sheet on Coping with Floods

Public Health Information for After a Flood (2011, Hawke's Bay)

Restoring a house after flood damage (NZ 2004)

My Flood Story - a guided workbook for children, families and teachers, from From The Children's Psychological Health Center, USA

Pups World Activity book for adults to use with young children affected by flooding or worried about it

A book list of post flood children's book titles for teachers and families

For Employers and Managers supporting staff and clients/customers

Managing Trauma, Loss and Grief in the workplace -  a new NZ handbook for employers and managers.

Power Cuts

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NPower - Power cut help

Storm specific

Storms - Get Thru

Actvities for Children about Coping with Storms (This is Australian (NSW) so you'll need to change the help number to 111 on the sheets)

Cleaning Up - for homeowners, businesses and organisations

A guide to restoring your home or business after a flood (UK)

Rebuilding your small business after a cyclone or flood (Queensland)

Cleaning up your business after a flood (USA)

After the Flood:Safety Tips for Business Owners (USA)


Tips on Recovering from the Trauma and Stress
of a Disaster

Stressed Out? - some Skylight posters to print out for all ages to rmeind people of simple ways to deal with stress.

Coping with Traumatic Situations This was written for those impacted by the Australian bushfires and is very helpful.

Coping with Traumatic Events - A podcast to listen to. Tragedies affect all of us in different ways. Some people might react to the stress immediately, while others may not experience stress until later.

Looking After Yourself After a Disaster - written after the Australian Bushfires, but helpful after any kind of disaster.

Helpful Links to Articles on Breathing - how to breathe to destress and relax when you have been stressed.

Tips for Those Affected by a  Traumatic Disaster Incident (USA)

Helping Parents Cope with a Disaster (See also links below around supporting children and teens through traumatic incidents)

Managing Your Stress After a Disaster

Tips for recovering from disasters and other traumatic events (American Psychological Association)


Supporting Children and Teens

How Can I Help My Child or Teen After What Has Happened? Supporting Your Child or Teen after a Traumatic Event - a new Skylight leaflet, also available in hard copy.

Getting Stronger (NZ) A newly released Skylight Resilience Game supporting children who have faced, or are facing, a disaster of any kind

What's Happened to My World? Helping children after a natural disaster or catastrophe.

Strategies for Helping Children Rebound after a Disaster for infant/toddler/ early childhood teachers and support workers

Tips for supporting pre schoolers after a disaster

Tips for supporting primary school age children after a disaster

Tips for Supporting Teenagers after a Traumatic Event

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do? (National Institute of Mental Health) 

Helping Children After Trauma - by John Cowan, Parents Inc (NZ)

Helping a Child Manage Fears –  helping a child cope with traumatic events. (Sidran Institute)

Understanding Child Traumatic Stress – How psychological trauma in children differs from trauma in adults. (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)

PTSD in Children and Adolescents (USA Dept of Veteran Affairs)


About Traumatic Stress and Managing It

What is Psychological Trauma? – (Sidran Institute)

Understanding and Dealing with PTSD

Information about PTSD -  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effects on different ages

Healing Emotional and Psychological Trauma - Symptoms, Treatment, and Recovery

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering From Disasters and other Traumatic Events  (American Psychological Association)  

Recovering from Trauma – the necessity of processing emotional trauma in treatment if we are to recover and heal. (Psychology Today)

Dealing With the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide  (SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center)



Links to Bereavement Support Information for adults, families, teens and children too.

Helpful Bereavement and Grief Articles


For professionals and Support Workers

A book list of post flood children's book titles for teachers and families

The USA National Child Traumatic Stress network, offers excellent free online learning  courses

A Brief Description of EMDR Therapy –  (EMDR Network)

Trauma, Attachment, and Stress Disorders: Rethinking and Reworking Developmental Issues – brain-based view of emotional trauma and its impact on children. (Trauma Resources)

Coping with Trauma – Comprehensive overview of trauma (The Menninger Clinic)

See also the range of bereavement and  trauma support resources in our shop, and the activities and links available in our children's and youth pages.
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