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Coping with Disaster Feature Articles

Take steps before a disaster strikes to be prepared. Articles cover a wide range of topics including financial planning, emergency food pantries, talking to children about disaster and more.

 

Disaster Recovery Resources for Missouri Families

This MU Extension publication provides information on a wide range of resources available for families trying to recover from disaster.

 

Talking to children and teens after a tragedy

After a national tragedy and the 24/7 media coverage that follows, adults have to quickly process the event and determine how to broach the subject with children and teens. Here is information and suggestions, based on age and development, to help youth process and cope with tragedies...more

 

Be prepared

With the recent devastation in the Eastern United States from Hurricane Sandy and the devastation we have seen in Missouri in the recent past from the drought or the tornado in Joplin, this is an appropriate time to re-emphasize the importance of being prepared...more

 

Families coping with drought

The damage and impact from prolonged drought can be worse and can add more stress and worries to farm families than other natural disasters. Here are some tips to cope with drought...more

 

How to help children, youth and teens after a disaster

Natural disasters take a great toll on families and communities. Everything can be affected, from change in routine and structure to loss of property and loss of family and friends. Some families and children will be able to handle the situation better than others, with some needing extra support and help...more

 

Lightning fact sheet

With thunderstorm season upon us, understanding lightning can help you make safer decisions when storms threaten...more

 

MU Extension website features resources related to tornado and recovery efforts

A MU Extension webpage contains resources that could be helpful to homeowners, landowners, business owners, emergency responders, volunteers, partnering organizations and others...more

 

Property loss from disasters may be tax deductible

Disaster victims may recoup some of their uninsured losses because uncompensated property losses from natural disasters are tax deductible...more

 

Supporting military kids during deployment

When military parents are mobilized, their children need and deserve special support from local communities...more

 

Shelters, safe rooms for homes important during tornado season

The devastating tornadoes that have hit Missouri and other communities in recent years have caused many people to take a closer look at their vulnerability to nature's wrath and to make better preparations for surviving future storms...more

 

Missouri Operation: Military Kids supporting military children with Hero Packs

April is Month of the Military Child and Missouri Operation: Military Kids is conducting a statewide Hero Pack Drive. Missouri Operation: Military Kids provides a support network for children who have parents in the military and are living in civilian communities...more

 

Grab-and-go box

If you live in an area prone to natural disasters that could require evacuation, consider creating a grab-and-go box. Put in copies of everything that is in your emergency file, and add other important papers...more

 

Helping people in financial crisis and emotional distress

As the national economic crisis evolves, individuals, families and businesses may turn to you or your agency for advice...We are providing the following information to help individuals and agencies work with people in crisis in a safe and appropriate manner...more

 

Take steps to be financially ready before disaster strikes

During a time of disaster, it is difficult enough to deal with its emotional effects, much less any financial effects--like a sudden loss of income or unavoidable increase in expenses. A family in crisis generally needs more resources to get through it. That is why it is so important to take steps before a disaster strikes to be prepared financially if and when it does....more

 

Talking smoke detectors wake sleeping children better than shrill, beeping alarm

The piercing 85-decibel alarm from smoke detectors will wake most adults with a start, but small children might sleep right through them...more

 

How to Handle Food from a Flood

Flood water can be toxic so precautions need to be taken to prevent illness. There are special ways of handling cooking utensils such as pots and pans and food that have been exposed to flood waters...more

 

Fast Food for Emergency Meals?

Many Americans have fast food on a regular basis, making a quick stop at the drive-through. When emergencies strike, an emergency supply of food is needed – fast! When stuck in a storm shelter for hours or days, the food stored there can make all the difference. After the emergency, especially if the power is out for a prolonged period, an appropriate emergency food supply is essential...more

 

Prepare emergency supplies for spring storm season

Natural disasters, like tornadoes and severe storms, are things we don’t like to think about until necessary. But in Missouri, being prepared for spring storm and tornado season is a necessity...more

 

Be prepared for emergencies: Creating a 3-day food/water supply

Food storage is part of being prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. Individuals and families can eliminate some stress, worry and inconveniences by planning for emergency food needs. How much and which foods to store will depend on the members of your household, your preferences, special health conditions, ability to use the food in an emergency, and space for storage...more

 

Emotional damage from natural disasters can add to stress levels long after crisis is over

The emotional damage of droughts, floods and other natural disasters can be felt long after the immediate crisis is over, according to a licensed clinical social worker at the University of Missouri...more

 

Weathering the storm: How change affects families

Families who weather a particularly bad storm are likely to experience stress. Any time there is an undesired change, there is potential for stress. When children are involved, it is important that parents understand the affects of such stress and to know what they can do to help their family cope...more

 

Saving food after a power outage

When freezers and refrigerators are off for several hours, whether it’s from a storm or accidental, the food safety rules about what to keep or toss are the same...more

 

Keep your food safe during a power outage

When the electricity goes off, one important thing to know is how to save as much food as possible...more

 

Financial recovery and risk management

As you attempt to restore your life and home after a storm, you will face many decisions. Naturally, you’ll want to recover as much as possible through your homeowner’s insurance policy. Where insurance falls short of your needs, other types of assistance may be available...more

 

Smallpox - Do I need a vaccination?

The simple answer is no. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is not recommending that the general public be vaccinated for smallpox at this time. There is no reason to believe that smallpox presents an immediate threat....more

 

Messages for helping children during a time of crisis

Children look to adults for reassurance and guidance on how to react. What adults say and do can help distance children from the sense of threat, help them work through their emotions, and maintain or regain a sense of normalcy....more

 

Keep food on hand for a rainy day--Emergency Pantry

Being prepared for power outages, inclement weather or even times when you don’t feel up to shopping or cooking is a smart move....more

 

When Your Income Drops, Take Control

No amount of money or planning can guarantee that your family will not go through a disaster at some point. Disaster comes in many forms and can vary in the severity of its impact on your family. Disaster can strike at any time...more

 

 


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