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In a Disaster: What parents can do to help their children

King County Healthcare Coalition

This brochure is intended to assist parents in responding to their child's needs after a disaster. 

Disasters and their aftermath can overwhelm a child's typical coping strategies and may cause changes in behavior, ability to learn, mental health, and physical development. There will not be enough mental health professionals to respond to all children in need. Parents and other family members must be prepared to help children to recover. Just as you provide medical first aid, you can provide psychological first aid to help your child with their emotional response to an overwhelming situation.