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Understanding Disaster Stress and Telephone Support Crisis    Skills  (Powerpoint)        (Adobe)
Tips for Talking with Children & Youth After a Traumatic Event or Disaster  (a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publication)
A Guide for Managing Stress in Crisis Response Professions (a SAMHSA publication)
A Hurricane on Sesame Street - A Guide for Educators (a Sesame Street publication)
A Helping Families After an Emergency - A Guide for Providers (a Sesame Street publication)
Helping Children Cope in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Resources for Talking to Children About Hurricane Sandy 

Super storm known as Sandy has devastated many New Jersey communities and wreaked havoc in people’s lives all along the East Coast.  More than 50 million Americans are coping with the aftermath of the storm.  The damage and destruction from coastal surges, power outages, and high winds has resulted in disruptions to school and work schedules, property destruction, and serious financial consequences.

No one who lives through a disaster is untouched by the experience.  Like other disasters, severe storms and flooding can result in emotional distress, as well as property damage.  Disasters can threaten our sense of control and safety, and can affect many aspects of our lives.  The emotional trauma caused by the storm and anxiety about what will happen next can complicate and impede recovery.  While protecting people and restoring safety, power, and property, is a priority in the wake of natural disasters, emotional coping also matters.

The New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services - Disaster and Terrorism Branch, is coordinating statewide efforts to help individuals and communities manage the emotional impact of the storm.  Disaster Mental Health Teams are currently providing support in many shelters around the state and are mobilizing to assist and FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers over the coming days, weeks and months as needed.  In addition to providing face-to-face disaster crisis counseling, the Disaster and Terrorism Branch provides informational materials about coping, and partners with the Mental Health Association in New Jersey to offer assistance through a toll free Disaster Mental Health Helpline:  (877) 294-HELP (4357).  A TTY line is available for the deaf and hearing impaired at (877) 294-4356.


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