Web Sites by Topic
As school specialists face the reality
that displaced families from hurricanes may
relocate throughout the United States, including New Jersey,
immediate access to web site information and resources such as these
will most likely be useful and timely material for school
specialists. However, web sites that address a specific trauma
or incident (e.g., Hurricanes Katrina and Ike) are often temporary
and expire when no longer deemed timely by the sponsor.
NOTE: Please review
the web sites under “Emergency Planning and Disaster Preparedness” for general information on disasters in addition to
the web sites below specific to Hurricanes Katrina and Ike.
International Society for Traumatic
Stress Studies offers information on handling trauma related to
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (http://www.istss.org).
Psychological Association (APA)’s Help Center
offers Managing Traumatic
Stress: Hurricane Katrina and Children. It has tips for
understanding and assisting surviving children, especially if
children were victims of a hurricane or were separated from their
Other related articles describe resilience,
strategies for people to help themselves, their families, and their
children, and managing traumatic stress (http://www.apahelpcenter.org./).
MindOH! Foundation helps students
explore the good that can come from a bad situation and encourages
them to be courageous in the face of a disaster. It is
designed to encourage both the victims of hurricanes and the giving
to relief organizations to assist victims. The site contains
various lesson plans and activities, empowering projects for
students to help victims, and broadcast messages that can be read
over a school's in-house public announcement system (http://www.mindohfoundation.org/hurricanekatrina.htm).
PDF examples include (http://www.mindoh.com/docs/LessonPlan_HurricaneKatrina.pdf),
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic
Stress is a multidisciplinary network of specialists in trauma
and offers information on handling trauma related to hurricanes
Parenthood.Com offers tips to help
children cope with fears of natural disasters (http://parenthood.com/articles.html?article_id=8142).
provides tips to calm children’s fear of severe weather