Implementing a Continuum of Tiered Behavioral Health Supports for Students, Families, and Staff Following a Natural Disaster
Trauma-Informed ToolkitState Resources
The Governor’s Office has established a Flood Resources webpage with a range of information for those impacted by the recent storms. The webpage provides a listing of information from a large number of state government assistance programs, including how to apply for individual assistance, cleanup efforts, caregiver support services, health coverage, housing, mental health services, and missing persons reporting. The flood resource webpage will be regularly updated with new resources, revised contact information and addresses.
The Governor’s Office has established a Tornado Resources webpage with a range of information for those impacted by the recent storms. The webpage provides a listing of information from a large number of state government assistance programs, including how to apply for unemployment insurance, health care coverage, food assistance, driver license replacement and long-term housing. It also provides steps on how to remove debris, submit a claim to FEMA and how Western Kentuckians can locate needed resources, such as temporary shelter, hot meals and relief hotlines. The tornado resource webpage will be regularly updated with new resources, revised contact information and addresses.
Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual
Disabilities has compiled a list of supports for Eastern Kentucky, including resources for school staff, youth, and
Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team (KCCRT) provides the entire spectrum of critical incident stress management (CISM) services from pre-incident training, acute crisis response, and post-incident support to emergency services personnel who have encountered a traumatic event. These services are provided at no cost. They serve Emergency Services personnel, school communities, business and industry, and disaster survivors.
Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) are listed alphabetically by county, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to call through Video Relay Services (VRS) amplified or captioned phones, or TTY Relay (7-1-1).
The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities has released the Western KY Natural Disaster Anniversary Kit for Schools to help school communities prepare for the anniversary of the December 2021 tornadoes. This kit contains information, tips, guides, and resource on supporting oneself, staff, parents, and students through the anniversary.
Natural Disaster Response – Kentucky Center for School Safety
The Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS) has crisis response resources, including consultation requests, available through its website.
Kentucky School Counselor Association (KSCA)
Kentucky Association for School Social Work (KASSW)
Strategies for Educators-Western KY Tornado Response
U.S Department of Education School Emergency Response to Violence (Project SERV) funds short-term education-related services for local educational agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in which the learning environment has been disrupted.
Supporting Schools During and After Crisis – Center on PBIS
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) has Response and Resiliency resources sorted into three categories: prevention; recovery – both for those who experienced a traumatic event and those who have heard about a traumatic event; and resilience.
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) provides immediate technical assistance and training to schools and communities that are responding to crises, with a focus on supporting their students, both short-term and throughout long-term recovery.
The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center has a variety of resources to support public health, medical, and mental health needs before, during and after an emergency or crisis.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources for dealing with school shootings, disasters, traumatic grief, and many other types of trauma.