How children respond to disaster

Children depend on daily routines. They wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, play with friends. When an unexpected catastrophe interrupts this routine – i.e. earthquake, hurricane, tornado, fire, flood, or violent acts – how children respond to disaster?

First of all, the way children see and understand their parents’ responses are very important. If parents react with alarm, children may become more scared. They see the fear as proof that the danger is real. If parents seem overcome with a sense of loss, children may feel their losses more strongly.

Children’s fears may also arise from their imagination. Pretending there is no the danger will not end a child’s concerns. Parents must be sure to give a realistic picture that is honest. They must talk about their worries, and their abilities to cope with the disaster to their children.

A child’s reaction also depends on how much destruction and/or death he or she sees during and after the disaster. If a friend or family member has been killed or seriously injured, or if the child’s school or home has been severely damaged, there is a greater chance that the child will experience difficulties.

A child’s age affects how the child will respond to the disaster. For example, six-year-olds may show their worries by refusing to attend school, whereas teens may minimize their concerns, but argue more with parents and show a decline in school performance.

 

The foundation day of American Red Cross

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Today is the foundation day of American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross exists to provide provides emergency assistance, disaster relief and education. The volunteers and employees of Red Cross work around the world, through five key service areas:

Disaster Relief: the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families and communities that affected from disaster to get back to their daily routines. The Red Cross work in partnership with other agencies and organizations that provide services to disaster victims.

Supporting America’s Military Families: the Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for the challenges of military service.

Lifesaving Blood: the American Red Cross becomes the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply.

Health and Safety Services: The Red Cross creates training programs for more than 9 million Americans including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to prepared to help others in an emergency.

International Services: the American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. They respond to disasters, build safer communities, and teach the rules of war.