• Disaster Relief and Mental Health Resources

    Apply for Disaster Recovery Assistance. There are several ways to see if you qualify for financial assistance after a disaster: If you can’t afford to heat or cool your home after a disaster, you may qualify for emergency help with energy bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to provide disaster relief funding so you can: Pay to reconnect utilities. Pay utility bills. Use the address lookup on DisasterAssistance.gov and complete the online questionnaire and disaster assistance application. Visit FEMA's Individual Disaster Assistance page. Call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585) for disaster assistance. Disaster Financial Assistance | USAGov

     

    Click on the link below for additional Texas resources.

    https://fitnessgalore.net/resource-guide-for-families-in-texas-amidst-winter-storm/

     

     

    This can be a difficult time for everyone, here are some steps to help children and adolescents:

    1) Let children know there are people helping keep the community safe.

    2) Limit exposure to television and social media content about the disaster; repeated exposure to frightening or intense images increases distress.

    3) Maintain routines at home and school as much as possible.

    More resources can be found here: Coping After Disaster - psychiatry.org

     

    Please contact your child’s school counselor for additional support for your student.

     

    Additional Mental Health Resources and Considerations Include:

    Effects of Disasters: Risk and Resilience Factors - PTSD: National Center for PTSD (va.gov)

    Helping Children Cope with Emergencies | CDC

     

    And please don’t forget to take care of the caregivers. We know it’s difficult, but take time to take care of yourself by practicing some self-care.  Self-Care Resource for Helping Professionals