After the Storm: Helping Children Cope with Trauma after Natural Disasters

The hurricane season for 2017 was plagued with catastrophic storms impacting millions of people in the US and its territories. Surviving a natural disaster can have a range of consequences including the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who are most susceptible to developing PTSD after a traumatic event are children. Hurricane Katrina was an event marked by severe deficits in the provision of care to residents in Louisiana and Mississippi causing increased PTSD symptoms that were preventable. No crisis intervention is perfect and lessons learned are applied to the next, similar event. Recommendations to plan for and recover from natural disasters to decrease PTSD symptoms based on studies conducted with children who survived Hurricane Katrina are discussed.


Krystal T Simmons, Denika Y Douglas

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