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The Terrorism and Disaster Center for Child and Family Resilience has collected the following resources to guide parents, caregivers, teachers, professionals and other adults in how to assist children and families when a critical incident impacts their school.

Last Updated: 11/7/2018

Guides & Other Links:

Keeping Our Students Safe: How to Prepare for and Prevent Violent Situations at School:  This guide, developed by the Community for Accredited Online Schools, provides concrete, practical advice for schools, parents and students to prepare their schools for critical incidents in the school setting. 


Resources for Educators:

10 Considerations For Mental Health Professionals Helping in Schools Following The Covid-19 Pandemic (LSUHSC)

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (NCTSN)

Guide for Developing School Emergency Plans (FEMA)

Helping Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma (NCCP)

Helping Youth After Community Trauma (NCTSN)



Resources for Parents:

After Violence: Supporting Children Who Have Faced Trauma (Child Care Aware)

Helping Young Children Heal After a Crisis (NCTSN)

Managing Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting (APA)

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma (Children's Bureau)

Parental Guide to Help Teens After a Shooting (NCTSN) (Spanish)

Psychological Impact of Gun Violence (NCTSN)


Talking to Your Kids:

Help Kids Cope App- National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) app designed to "help parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them throughout—whether sheltering-in-place at home, evacuating to a designated shelter, or helping your family heal after reuniting."

Helping Children and Families Cope After a Traumatic Event (LSUHSC)

Helping Children With Traumatic Grief (NCTSN)

Active Shooter Incidents:

Active Shooter Preparedness Fact Sheet (Department of Homeland Security)

Hometown Security Factsheet (Department of Homeland Security)

Considerations for Young Children and Active Shooter Drills (LSUHSC)