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:

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.

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.

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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