Disaster Resources - University of Illinois Extension

Resources for Educators

There are a number of comprehensive packages on disaster preparedness andrecovery available on the Web designed for use by Extension Educators,teachers, and other professionals.

  1. Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters from the University of Illinois Extension is a set of resources for teachers and other child-care or youth workers that helps prepare them for working with children who have been through a disaster. It includes A Resource Guide for Teachers that describes what teachers can do to help during the recovery period, a set of Classroom Activities for Teachers that can be used following a disaster, and a Disaster Bibliography of children's books on floods and natural disasters compiled by Lynn Blinn Pike at the University of Missouri.
  2. The Natural Disaster Program for Families is a program from the North Carolina Extension Service that provides information on (1) things to do beforea disaster, and (2) response or clean-up information following a disaster. Designed for use by Extension Educators working with families, it includes ready-to-use 30-second radio spots, factsheets, leader guides with handouts, and additional resource information.
  3. Additional Disaster Information includes a listing of information that can be obtained at little or no costfrom the American Red Cross, the Center for Mental Health Services, and FEMA.
  4. The Natural Hazards Center is a national and international clearinghouse for informationon natural hazards and human adjustments to hazards and disasters. The Natural Hazards Center carries out its mission in four principal areas: information dissemination, an annual workshop, research, and library services. The center's prime goal is to increase communication among hazard/disaster researchers and those individuals, agencies, and organizations that are actively working to reduce disaster damage and suffering. The Natural Hazards Center has avariety of resources available from the Internet, including periodicals, publications, and an online library database.
  5. The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder maintains the PILOTS database, an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and othermental-health sequelae of exposure to traumatic events.

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