Resources for speaking to children about disasters and traumatic events

Resources for speaking to children about disasters and traumatic events

After the recent fires that have directly affected a number of our HPS families and schools, we know that families, staff and students are having frequent conversations about fire safety and preparing for disasters. We have compiled a useful list of resources and links that we hope are helpful to guide these conversations with our children.


After the Fire program by Prevention First

  • 3 teaching modules
  • Reading list of books in English and Spanish
  • Household safety checklists

The National Fire Protection Association



Be Burn Aware prevention campaign, by Shriners Hospital for Children

The National Fire Prevention Association



U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – SAMHSA: “Tips for talking to children and youth after traumatic events”

National Association for the Education of Young Children – Resource Page on Coping with Disasters

The National Fire Prevention Association


After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope, by Cathy Grace and Elizabeth Shores



Disney’s Digital Activity Books about disaster preparedness, in collaboration with the Red Cross: English | Español

A Chair for My Mother, by Vera B. Williams

The Fire, by Annette Griessman

The Healing Book: Facing the Death and Celebrating the Life of Someone You Love, by Ellen Sabin


We appreciate the collaboration of our community partners for their assistance in compiling this resource list:

  • Maritza Martínez, CFCE (Coordinated Family & Community Engagement, a Head Start program)
  • Mia Kortebein, Holyoke Program Manager, Raising a Reader Massachusetts