The Heart of Illinois United Way provides resources promoting health, education and financial stability in Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties in Central Illinois.

Rebuilding Hope After a Natural Disaster Resources

Resources in this book are organized by age group. They include post-disaster emotional recovery suggestions, a guide to legal services, and contact information for the central Illinois 211 call center.

For Adults & Caregivers:
Suggestions on how to recover from disasters and other traumatic events. is an advertising-free nonprofit resource for supporting better mental health and lifestyle choices for adults and children.

American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association’s guide for recovering emotionally from disaster and managing traumatic stress after a tornado.

Illinois State Bar Association’s Illinois Lawyer Finder
Illinois State Bar Association’s legal resources for disaster preparedness including checklist and handbook, disaster legal services manual, information about replacing documents lost in a disaster and how to secure your bank and social security information.

Mental Health America of Pikes Peak
Mental Health America’s of the Pikes Peak provides information on common reactions after a natural disaster and tips for coping.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides a PDF booklet with suggestions for families dealing with the aftermath of a tornado.

For Caregivers Helping Children:

ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
ZERO TO THREE provides an article detailing ways to help young children after traumatic events.

Ceridian Corporation’s Helping Young Children Cope After a Natural Disaster (PDF)
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National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children provides tips and resources for parents and educators that are helping young children to cope with disasters.

University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, California Childcare Health Program
The California Childcare Health Program provides health and safety suggestions for young children affected by disasters.

For Adolescents & Teenagers:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA provides suggestions for how to manage after a disaster with guidelines for all ages.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides suggestions for dealing with the aftermath of a tornado including children and teens.

National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health
The National Institute of Mental Health provides a guide for parents to help their children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters.


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