Center for MH in Schools & Student/Learning Supports  

Responding to a Crisis

Crisis, emerg ency, disaster, catastrophe, tragedy, trauma -- all are words heard too frequently at schools today. Almost every school has had a major crisis; every school is likely to have one. Besides natural disasters such as earthquakes and fires, students experience violence and death related to the suicide of friends, gang activity, snipers, hostage-taking, and rape. Some students react with severe emotional responses -- fear, grief, post traumatic stress syndrome. Moreover, such experiences and other events that threaten their sense of worth and well-being can produce the type of intense personal turmoil that leads students to think about hurting themselves or others.

The following links provide a variety of quick aids, resources and materials for use in crisis prevention and response.

  • From the National Center on Homeless Education:
  • From the University of Illinois Extension Disaster Resources:
  • Tornado Recovery
  • From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Resources Related to Hurricane Response and its Aftermath

  • Earthquakes
  • Re: Wildfires
  • Re: Floods
  • Re: Violence/Shooting
  • Re: Pandemic Diseases
  • Re: Demonstrations
  • Dealing with Disasters: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Dealing with Emergencies:  Know the Facts, Be Empowered!
  • Disaster Recovery Policy and Systems Guidance