Coping in an Emergency

Trauma resulting from emergency situations, such as acts of terrorism or natural disasters, affects us all, directly or indirectly, and can be devastating. Parents, caregivers and behavioral health professionals can help kids and teens cope if these events arise.

Preparing for potential emergencies is a key step in coping with them. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers a website to educate and empower Americans to prepare for, respond to, recover from and rebuild from any major incident or emergency, including a man made or natural disaster, pandemic or extended power outages. Also, visit the ReadyOhio website for more seasonal safety tips and Ohio's guide to emergency management. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready.gov website offers tips for helping children cope with emergencies when they do happen. For children affected by war or deployments, OhioMHAS offers this brochure on helping children cope with terrorism and war.