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Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems

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All types of disasters require coordinated and thoughtful planning for disaster response and recovery. Disasters are not limited to natural events such as hurricanes or floods, but can include occurrences such as sudden data breaches or system failure, workplace violence, death of an employee, or public health emergencies. When any disaster strikes, child welfare agencies must ensure that they are prepared to continue keeping children safe and providing uninterrupted services under emergency circumstances.

The resources in this series can help agency leaders, managers, and disaster planning and response teams better prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

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Review the Resource Roadmap to Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems for brief descriptions of the publications in this series and ideas for how they can be used together to respond to disaster management needs.

Browse the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems Guide to build foundational knowledge about disaster planning, response, and recovery; see examples of real-life strategies from jurisdictions around the country; and begin the process of planning to effectively respond to any disaster.

Explore the suggestions below or those in the roadmap to link to the sections you need for your disaster management work.

Are You Working on Your Agency's Disaster Plan?

Planning for a disaster can make disaster response and recovery faster and smoother. To help your agency proactively prepare for disaster, review the following sections of the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems Guide:

Use the Planning for Disaster: At a Glance checklist in the guide to facilitate your agency's disaster planning process.

To help your disaster planning team think through the many possible disaster outcomes, use the Disaster Impact Planning Matrix to review activities and questions that can help agencies prepare for common disaster impacts.

The Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster tip sheet has information leaders can use to help their agency prepare for any disaster.

 

 Are You Responding to a Disaster?

Though it is impossible to predict all parts of a disaster response, some disaster response steps are common to many types of disasters. Review the following sections of the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems Guide to access actionable information on common aspects of disaster response:

Use the Responding to Disaster: At a Glance checklist in the guide to facilitate your agency's disaster response no matter where you are in the process of responding to a disaster.

Agency leaders can quickly review the information and examples in Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster tip sheet to guide their agency through a disaster response.

 

Are You Starting the Process of Disaster Recovery?

After a disaster ends, and often even while it is still occurring, agencies need to start thinking about recovery. Explore the following sections of the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems Guide to begin or continue your agency's recovery from disaster:

Use the Recovering From Disaster: At a Glance checklist in the guide to facilitate your agency's disaster planning process.

The Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster tip sheet lists considerations and actions leaders can take to support their agency's recovery efforts.

 

Do You Need Information on Collaborating With Youth, Families, Tribes, and Communities on Disaster Management?

Collaboration at all phases of the disaster management process is essential to its success. The following sections of the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems Guide can help agency leaders, managers, and disaster planning and response teams develop effective strategies for engaging and working with key partners over time:

Planning for Disaster

Responding to Disaster

Recovering From Disaster

Additional Resources

The following resources complement Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems and provide additional information and strategies agencies can use to plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters.

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