The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Helping Families Cope with Floods

As news and media sources across the country continue to report on the grave circumstances of the floods in Colorado, it is important to know where to seek information regarding recovery and life after a traumatic event. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers the following website: Recovery: After a Flood. Here, you can find resources not only for helping children during this difficult time, but also helping yourself as a parent or a teacher. Be sure to check out the resources on psychological first aid, activities for children and adolescents, and tips for dealing with media coverage.

In support of National Preparedness Month, remember that "being prepared for a flood is the best way to help children and family members recover after a flood." For more on flood preparedness, take a look at NCTSN's section on Readiness: Before a Flood