Help Kids Cope
Does your family ever talk about disasters BEFORE they happen?
(How about NOW?)
Parents may wonder:
- “How do I talk to my kids before, during, and after disasters?”
- “How can I help my child stay calm when we evacuate in a wildfire?”
- “What reactions from my child are common and when should I seek help?”
Help Kids Cope will help parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them throughout—whether sheltering-in-place at home, evacuating to a designated shelter, or helping your family heal after reuniting.
Help Kids Cope equips parents:
- Learn what to do BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER 10 disaster types.
- Know what to say “in the moment” to support your kids of all ages. Hear audio clips of other parents’ experiences.
- Understand how kids commonly respond during and after disasters.
- Use the checklists to prepare your entire family before disasters.
- Explain different disasters to your kids using age-appropriate language.
- Find tips on caring for yourself as you care for your family.
- Connect to activities, children’s books, tip sheets, and more!
Download Help Kids Cope
Help Kids Cope, by UCLA is free from Google Play and iTunes. Works on Android (4.3 and up) and Apple devices (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad). For iPad users: tap on the iPad Only” drop-down menu and select “iPhone Only” from the menu to view and download the app.
Use Help Kids Cope
Help Kids Cope is for parents, but useful for all who live or work with children:
Emergency Preparedness Professionals:
Teachers and Counselors:
About the Development of Help Kids Cope
Help Kids Cope was a collaborative effort between the Ozark Center and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Funding provided by the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Ozark Center, Inc., and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).