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Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness/Recovery

Supporting Military Children During Separation: Training, Deployment, Humanitarian Aid & Disasters Training events, deployments, humanitarian aid activities and disaster relief support all impact a military parent's ability to stay up to date with their child(ren) and what is happening in school. This webinar will offer ideas and techniques to maintain involvement during separation, support techniques for the deployed parent and the remaining parent/caregiver, and manage stress, both for parents/caregivers and for the child(ren). Click here for the webinar

Community Crises and Disasters, A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of All Ages. This handbook, which is one of those projects, is a parent guide to understanding and responding to children’s concerns, questions, and emotional reactions during and following any kind of community crisis. Click here to download the PDF.

Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises.  Disasters have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. This clinical report provides practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a disaster and to promote effective coping strategies to mitigate the impact of the disaster as well as any associated bereavement and secondary stressors. Click here to download the PDF.

Support through schools in the aftermath of hurricanes.  School professionals can play a critical role in supporting children both in the immediate aftermath of this crisis or throughout the recovery period as they cope with their losses. The circumstances of each individual child and their family will be different, but all children will share the common experience of the disruption caused by this disaster. School professionals should offer students ongoing understanding and support that can help them make sense of their experiences and stay productive and positive in their lives. Click here to download the PDF.

Recovery: After a Hurricane from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
http://www.nctsn.org/trauma-types/natural-disasters/hurricanes#tabset-tab-5
Most families will recover over time, particularly with the support of family, friends, and organizations. The length of recovery will depend in part upon how frightening the hurricane was, whether evacuation from home was necessary, and the extent of the damage and loss. Some families will be able to return to their normal routines rather quickly, while others will have to contend with repairing damage to their home and possessions, finding medical care, and facing financial hardship. Some families will have lost a loved one or a pet. Others will need to deal with school closings or changes in school schedules.  Children's functioning and recovery will be influenced by how their parents and caregivers cope during and after the hurricane. Children often turn to adults for information, comfort, and help. Children do best when parents and teachers remain (or at least appear) calm, answer children's questions honestly, and respond as best they can to requests.

1) TRICARE has updated its website to include specific information for those who are or are about to be impacted by Hurricane Irma and are working through the recovery from Hurricane Harvey:
https://tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo/DisasterAlerts/09_05_17_PuertoRico_FL_Irma
https://tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo/DisasterAlerts/08_24_17_Texas_Harvey

Additional TRICARE resources include:

Information to consider BEFORE an emergency occurs
https://tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo/BeforeDisaster

Information to consider AFTER an emergency occurs
https://tricare.mil/Resources/DisasterInfo/AfterDisaster

Tricare Contact Information 

TRICARE North Region
Health Net Federal Services, LLC
1-877-TRICARE
(1-877-874-2273)
www.hnfs.com

TRICARE South Region
Humana Military
1-800-444-5445
www.humana-military.com

TRICARE West Region
UnitedHealthCare Military & Veterans
1-877-988-WEST
(1-877-988-9378)
www.uhcmilitarywest.com

2)  Specific Information For Impacted Service Members and Families:  Local installation commands are the primary source of information for affected members and families.  They should frequently check their installation website and Facebook pages for information specific to their area.

In addition to local resources, these national links provide vital information on preparedness and recovery:

DoD Disaster Preparedness
https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/National-Preparedness-Month-2017/source/GovDelivery/

MilitaryOneSource
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/preparing-your-family-for-emergencies

FEMA
https://www.fema.gov/
https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma

NOAA
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

National Readiness Campaign
www.Ready.gov  

DoD News Related to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey
https://www.defense.gov/News/Archive/Tag/98280/hurricane-irma/
https://www.defense.gov/News/Special-Reports/0817_hurricane-harvey/

For our Veteran community, The VA has published helpful information at these links:
http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/hurricane-irma/
http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/hurricane-harvey/


3) Military Aid Societies are the official Military Service charities that assist our Service Members and families in times of need:

Army Emergency Relief
https://www.aerhq.org/  
Phone number: 866-878-6378

Air Force Aid Society
https://www.afas.org/ 
Phone Number: 703-972-2650

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/disaster-relief 
Phone Number: (800)-654-8364

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)
http://www.cgmahq.org/  
Phone Number: 800-881-2462

4) Other Ways to Help (DoD endorsement/solicitation not intended)

From the FEMA Website (www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma): 
"To help people affected by the storm [cash donations and volunteering], visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster webpage for a listed of trusted organizations."
https://www.nvoad.org/

The Corporation for National and Community Service has information for those who wish to volunteer
https://www.nationalservice.gov/focus-areas/disaster-services/hurricane-irma
https://www.nationalservice.gov/focus-areas/disaster-services/hurricane-harvey

National Readiness Campaign also has information on how to volunteer.
https://www.ready.gov/get-involved