After a tornado, most families recover over time, particularly with the support of family, friends, and organizations. The length of recovery depends, in part, on how frightened individuals were and the extent of the damage and loss. Some families will be able to return to their normal routine rather quickly, while others will have to contend with repairing damage to their home and possessions, finding medical care, or facing financial hardship. Some families
will have lost a loved one or a pet. Others will need to adjust to school closings or
changes in school schedules.
Children’s functioning will be influenced by how their parents and other caregivers cope during and after the tornado. Children often turn to adults for information, comfort, and help. Children do best when parents and teachers remain (or at least appear) calm, answer children’s questions honestly, and respond as best they can to requests.
- Tornado Recovery for Kids
- Tornado Response for Kids
- After The Tornado Helping Young Children Heal
- Questions to Ask Your Children About the Tornado
- Teacher Guidelines for Helping Students After a Tornado
- Tips for Parents on Media Coverage of the Tornado
- Tornado Response for Teens
- Tornado Recovery for Teens