Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is committed to assisting those who have been deeply affected by the most recent hurricanes in the ways that we can. To do so, we have created this webpage which includes our Natural Disaster Resource Guide with information relevant for individuals, families, and agencies providing services to children and families impacted by the hurricanes. We have been able to gather information from our public and private member agencies that were significantly impacted by previous natural disasters and their lessons learned from those experiences.
Special attention has been given to the importance of recognizing that agency staff are often also victims of the disaster. We have included ways in which agencies can address the needs of their staff and their own families while they are attending to the needs of the children and families they serve.
CWLA understands that those currently impacted have needs that may be short-term as well as long-term, and we will be adding more resources to this guide and to this webpage as they become available.
If you have any resources that you think would be helpful, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include them as appropriate.
Improving Response to Critical Situations
This article from CWLA’s Children’s Voice highlights the lessons learned from CWLA members based on their experiences addressing the needs of the children and families they serve and their staff during recent natural disaster.