As Nebraskans recover from the aftermath of flooding it is likely you, your family, and children will experience a wide range of emotions. The road to recovery can be challenging and stressful. Many children and youth often do not have the experiences and knowledge needed to understand and feel safe during a disaster. Although everyone experiences some stress in their lives from work, bills, or life-changing events, the presence of chronic stress can compromise health and well-being. We also respond to stress in different ways. We know that as parents and educators caring for children, you want answers regarding what to do before, during, and after an emergency event. That’s why below you’ll find various resources that may be helpful for you, your family, your children, and your community.
Helping Children Cope
It is important to remember that children and youth may either directly or indirectly have questions or concerns following an emergency or natural disaster event. It is up to us as adults to help them cope. All children and youth react differently, and it is important to remember this as you try to help them cope. The most important way to support children and youth is to talk to and comfort them regarding their experiences. Reading children’s books can also support children’s coping and understanding of their feelings after experiencing a disaster.Read For Resilience
Stress is an emotion everyone experiences at some point. Your way of responding to stress can also affect others in your family. To take care of your family and others, you must first take care of yourself.Family Stress
Resources for Child Care and After school Programs
Educators have unique responsibilities and requirements regarding how to plan for an emergency or natural disaster. Learn more and begin planning what to do before, during, and after a severe environmental event or disaster.Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
4-H Youth Development with Nebraska Extension empowers youth to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H offers several programs for school-aged youth, including after-school programs. Professional development and activities offered are intended to enrich staff and student knowledge while offering hands-on experiences. School enrichment programs can be offered during the school day or tailored to fit your specific timeframe.
The Learning Child team with Nebraska Extension supports adults who play a role in young children’s lives by providing information and resources about early child development. Adults play a significant role in setting the stage for young children's lifelong learning, discovery, and success. The Learning Child team is committed to working with you to support the development of young children in your care.
This project was made possible by the thoughtful contributions and collaboration between Nebraska Extension’s Learning Child and 4-H Youth Development teams. Nebraska Extension is your trusted source for disaster-related information. Our Learning Child and 4-H campus and county-based experts are ready to help you get the answers you need to support children, youth, and the adults in their lives during life-changing events.