Faced with the reality that sudden life-changing events may have serious impacts on individuals’ lives, parents and adults are now being advised to prepare for disaster ahead of time and protect their children. Unfortunately, most of the disaster preparedness kits created up to this point have only addressed a child’s physical needs, neglecting their extremely important emotional needs.  The sudden loss of a home or family member, witnessing disaster or violence, or just a change in life as we know it can trigger severe emotional trauma in children. 


For this reason, it is imperative that parents and any adults working with kids are adequately prepared to help children cope with the emotional trauma that can come with disaster or sudden loss and change.  When adults prepare ahead for the emotional consequences of life-changing events, they are better able to prevent children from developing mental illnesses and can therefore empower them to go on to live healthy and productive lives.  


Research has shown that effective coping skills are something that can be taught to children at a young age, even in the face of uncertainty or danger. In fact, equipped with enough information and the right materials, adults can help strengthen children to be confident in their ability to overcome challenge. Over the years, there has been an increasing need for crisis counseling without enough professionals available to provide it. More and more families want help without having to see a professional, and Children 911 Resources is here to empower all parents and adults, so that they have the knowledge and tools they need to help their children cope and thrive. 

It is estimated that 9-14% of young children from birth to age 5 experience social and emotional problems that negatively affect their functioning and development later in life.
From infancy through adolescence, the body’s biology develops. Normal biological function is partly determined by environment. When a child grows up afraid or under constant or extreme stress, the immune system and body’s stress response systems may not develop normally.
Traumatic experiences in childhood have been linked to increased medical conditions throughout the individuals’ lives. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is a longitudinal study that explores the long-lasting impact of childhood trauma into adulthood. The ACE Study includes over 17,000 participants ranging in age from 19 to 90. Researchers gathered medical histories over time while also collecting data on the subjects’ childhood exposure to abuse, violence, and impaired caregivers. Results indicated that nearly 64% of participants experienced at least one exposure, and of those, 69% reported two or more incidents of childhood trauma. Results demonstrated the connection between childhood trauma exposure, high-risk behaviors (e.g., smoking, unprotected sex), chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer, and early death.