Wildfire Response and Recovery
After a wildfire, most families will recover over time. The length of the recovery process depends on a variety of factors, including how well families cope with stressors, as well as the amount of support and resources available through the family, school, and community. For families whose homes were lost in the fire, rebuilding may be a long process.
Students have the ability to recover and be resilient after critical events, such as wildfires and other disasters. Recovery takes time and depends on their personal experience of the fire, previous experiences, life circumstances, and protective factors from adults in the students’ lives at home, school, and community. Protective factors include: providing safety and support, the ability to be calm, self and community efficacy, ensuring students are connected to resources, and instilling hope and optimism that things will get better.
Below are guidelines and resources for students, parents/caregivers, educators, and first responders that will help support the recovery of students after wildfires.
• Psychological First Aid (PFA)
• Resources for Parents/Caregivers (English)
• Recursos para Padres/Tutores
• Referrals for School Mental HealthAdapted from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (www.nctsn.org)
LaKisha Johnson, LCSW, M.A. Ed, PPSC
333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017