When a natural disaster strikes it impacts entires communities for years. I remember living in Middle TN when tornados ripped through Murfreesboro on Easter weekend. Years later I still had students panic during tornado drills, cry at the sounds of rain and families that were rebuilding their lives and homes.
Facing a crisis may be one of the hardest things a counselor can face. Not only are you taking care of your clients, students, faculty members, and families, but you are also taking care of yourself.
Here are some of my favorite resources to help you and others after a natural disaster.
Picture books for children:
Hurricane by David Wiesner
Once I Was Very Very Scared by Chandra Ghosh Ippen
Clifford And The Big Storm by Norman Bridwell
When Worry Takes by Liz Haske(Author)
Me And My Fear by Francesca Sanna
A Terrible Thing Happened, by Margaret M. Holmes and Sasha J. Mudlaff
Jenny Is Scared: When Sad Things Happen in the World by Carol Shuman
Flood by Alvaro F. Villa
Activities to partner with the books:
Check out my list of mindfulness resources here.
Small group resources:
*It is imperative that students find safety and security with routines at school after a tragedy.
School-wide and teacher resources:
Trauma Sensitive Classroom Rules & Expectations Poster *In Our Class We…… by Whole Hearted School Counseling
Books for adults:
Healing Your Grief When Disaster Strikes: 100 Practical Ideas for Coping After a Tornado, Hurricane, Flood, Earthquake, Wildfire, or Other Natural Disaster by Alan D. Wolfelt