FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Children and Disasters Update

Hello Friends,

As you know it’s been a difficult time for many people that have endured the tragic weather disasters of the past few weeks. We wanted to share some information with you that we found useful and interesting. We hope you find it helpful as well.

Sincerely,

FEMA’s Children’s Working Group

How Disasters Impact Children
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and communities in Joplin, Missouri, Minneapolis, Minnesota and in the other areas affected by the severe tornadoes that swept through the area Sunday evening. As you know, disasters have an enormous impact on children. The video clip below summarizes the emotional impact and provides advice to parents for helping their children through disasters. CNN American Morning Video Clip, Joplin Tornado Traumatizes Its Youngest Survivors: http://clips.shadowtv.net/media/stv/14223/3/2011/146/08/14223_3_20110526_082745_262.wmv

How You Can Help Joplin Survivors
Your help is urgently needed to stem the flow of unneeded goods and volunteers into Joplin. Critical resources are being redirected from the important work of response and relief to managing what has become a crush of unneeded donated items. You are encouraged to reach out to your employees, customers and other constituents on how those wanting to help can do so in a way that doesn’t cause further impact, but rather aids in the response and recovery effort.

The following guidelines were developed by a coalition of government, voluntary agency and faith-based partners:

  • Cash to a recognized voluntary agency is the single best way to help disaster survivors. Cash doesn’t need to be sorted, stored or distributed, and it allows the voluntary agency to the donation towards the needs that most urgently need addressing.
  • Visit http://sema.dps.mo.gov/recover/donations.asp to donate to the Missouri tornado recovery effort.
  • For information on other ways to help go to: www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/howtohelp.

FEMA and the Red Cross are pleased to announce their first Youth Preparedness Workshop.
The focus will be on how to implement youth preparedness programming in your community. Save the Date June 24th, Chicago, IL.