This comprehensive guide aims to take the guesswork and frustration out of disaster management planning. It offers a seemingly endless supply of no-nonsense tips, research-driven advice and recommendations culled straight from the mouths of been-there, done-that preparedness experts. The goal? Help today’s child welfare agencies prepare — as much as possible — for tomorrow’s next crisis.
Everything that your agency needs to begin preparing for tomorrow’s next disaster — in PDF form
Findings & Stats
This publication caters to a very specific audience — child welfare organizations. It offers agencies guidance that spans a wide range of discipline-specific challenges, such as: ensuring that children attend school regularly; connecting children and families with disaster recovery funds; and minimizing the loss of foster parents post-crisis.
Useful Tool No. 1
One disaster mangement planning tool packed into this guide — a 10-item checklist — serves as a starting point by helping readers identify their most pressing preparedness needs.
Useful Tool No. 2
Another disaster management planning tool—a four-page recommendations cheat sheet—allows planners to quickly locate content within the guide en route to building or strengthening their agency’s disaster management strategy.
Important Prep Work
Agencies can use this guide to forge a solid crisis management foundation before disaster ever strikes. Some of the many best practices it highlights on this front include: establishing written agreements with nearby schools and the local fire and police departments as well as securing out-of-state 1-800 numbers and publicizing this contact information in advance.
Acting in an Emergency
Readers will learn to strategize solutions for obstacles that are likely to arise when a crisis hits. For instance, this guide asks agencies to consider how they plan to: disperse emergency discretionary funds; assess the immediate needs of disaster-stricken children and families; and identify and serve newly displaced children.
This guide offers planning tips for weathering a disaster’s aftermath. Some proposed pointers include: offering staff treatment for trauma and secondary trauma; reevaluating each child’s permanency goals to accommodate for any crisis-driven changes; and instructing caregivers on how to talk with their children about disasters.
Statements & Quotations
Many child welfare agencies are dangerously under-prepared for the kinds of large-scale catastrophes that we are likely to see in the future.
When up against major disasters, even good plans become inadequate.
Many preparedness measures can also serve to strengthen the agency’s ability to serve children and families on an everyday basis.
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