Historic Tornadoes in Midwest and South

Dec 14, 2021

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At least six states (Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi) across the Midwest and the South experienced historic levels of damage as a series of tornadoes left behind in their wake mass destruction and debris. There have been at least 38 tornadoes that have touched down which has resulted in at least 84 deaths, though that number is expected to rise. There are countless injured. There are hundreds of thousands that remain without heat and water. We send our heartfelt thoughts and best wishes to those that have been impacted by these devastating events.

If you know someone who has been impacted by the devastating tornadoes, there are many resources available, such as the American Red Cross.

The National child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has also provided the following resources:

Psychological First Aid
The NCTSN also has resources for responders on Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA is an early intervention to support children, adolescents, adults, and families impacted by these types of events. The PFA Wallet Card (En Español) provides a quick reminder of the core actions. PFA Handouts include:

Mobile Apps

Disaster Helpline
SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline—call or text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.

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