Disaster Resources

Disaster - Emergency - Crisis Resources

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, disaster, or crisis. That’s why below you’ll find various resources that may be helpful for you, your family, your children, and your community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions. We can help. Below are short one-page resources that may be helpful for you, your family, your children, and your community.

FAQ - One Page Responses

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Helping Children Cope

All children and youth react differently to emergencies, a crisis, or disasters. 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 stressful event.

Helping Children Cope

Read For Resilience
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Family Stress

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
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Resources for Child Care and Afterschool Programs

Educators have unique responsibilities and requirements regarding emergency preparedness. Learn more and begin planning what to do before, during, and after emergencies, a crisis, or disasters.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources
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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.

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The Early Childhood 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 Early Childhood 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 Early Childhood and 4-H Youth Development teams. Nebraska Extension is your trusted source for disaster-related information. Our Early Childhood 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.