Recovery: Moving Beyond Harvey Towards Normal (whatever that may become)
By Dorcas Hand, Editor of TASLTalks
So, here are some resources that may be of use.
Hurricane Harvey Bookclub began as a Facebook page where folks could post videos of someone reading aloud from a favorite children’s book. The idea was to offer a chance for anyone of any age to offer creative support to K-12 students who may be stuck in shelters for an indefinite period. Now it has been continued as a Twitter Feed. Follow @HurricaneHarveyBC to join in! Even your students can participate! And anyone with an internet connection can enjoy the pleasant respite of a book being read aloud, and the comfort that comes with that from the reader(s).
If you need tips on support techniques with stressed students, the American School Counselor Association offers Helping Kids Deal With Hurricanes/Floods
Or perhaps you or your students from other parts of TX want to support a specific school classroom – or library – with a donation. Or you manage a library in need of help. Check out www.DonorsChoose.org for information about supporting a specific library classroom or about listing your library. There are people across the US who will step up – your student’s far flung families included.
If you live in the Houston area and have time to volunteer, or resources to offer to a shelter, Where you can do the most good is a live map showing where shelters are and exactly what support or resources they need right now. My guess is that coverage will expand to include other shelters in affected areas beyond metro Houston.
If you need books with more depth on any disaster recovery topics, look at
- Kaaland, Christie. Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery in School Libraries: Creating a Safe Haven. (Libraries Unlimited, 2014). this book has large sections on how to help kids deal with disasters such as loss of home, separation, even loss of pets.
- Halsted, Deborah D., Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery: A How-to Manual for Librarians. (ALA, 2014)
Do you have any resources you know of to aid libraries in recovery? Add your thoughts to the comments.