Child-Centered Disaster Management
Providing comprehensive, personalized intervention services for youth in need when experiencing disaster.
Our practitioners are skilled and educated professionals who take pride in serving the community by supporting children, youth, and their families. We integrate early childhood development theories with emergency management principles in the context of planning for disasters. We take a strength-based, trauma-informed approach and strive to increase family resilience during disasters.
Our services are focused on mitigating the trauma experienced when children endure a disaster. The ability to plan ahead with children in mind is paramount to maintaining an upward trajectory following a disaster. We can serve your community with emergency disaster management plans and programs, consultations and recommendations. Please reach out to us for assistance!
How We Help
Drawing on a background in child and youth mental health, we search for opportunities to improve your current plan to better support children and youth when experiencing a disaster. Our approach to recommendations is designed to capitalize on existing community natural support networks and augment the current system to reduce the negative impact on child and youth mental health. The work we do serves as a bridge between what is required by legislation and what children need during a disaster.
Our services include workshops to help community members and professionals understand child and youth needs in the context of trauma, behaviour, mental health, brain development, displacement and recovery.
Emergency Tool Kits
Emergency Management Strategy for Canadian Communities
Increasing Number of Disaster Incidents in Canada According to Public Safety Canada, an emergency management strategy is crucial, due to the increase in the frequency and severity of disasters across the country. Recent disasters include: Hurricane Fiona in Atlantic Canada Hurricane Igor in Newfoundland in 2010 the 2011 Prairie floods the 2011 Slave Lake fire the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster...
Child Survivors of Hurricane Katrina
Mental Health Concerns for Child Survivors of Hurricane Katrina Fothergill and Peek (2015) spent 7 years researching a specific group of children who survived hurricane Katrina. Their findings reveal the complexity of disasters for children. Children are subject to the vulnerabilities brought on by age, race, social class, and gender. Globally children comprise roughly 50% of people affected by...
Fort McMurray Wildfires Youth Mental Health
EMPATHY Project Examines Mental Health for Youth Brown et al. (2019) examined the mental health outcomes for youth following the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016 by gathering data of grade 7-12 students from the Fort McMurray school system and comparing it to information from the EMPATHY project, gathered from the same demographic in Red Deer of youth who had not experienced a disaster. The...
Child-Centered Disaster Management
We are passionate about preserving the mental health of children and youth in the context of disaster and have a strong desire to ensure every family and child is remembered.
Our community support services are comprehensive and specifically tailored to the needs of the people we serve. If what you see does not fit your circumstances, let us know; we can create something or direct you to one of our affiliated agencies.