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November 2006Vol. 7, No. 8Resources for Those Serving Hurricane-Impacted Families

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a number of organizations have created disaster response resources and compiled information on disaster preparedness. The following three webpages offer resources to those who work with families affected by the hurricanes:

  • The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), in partnership with the American Bar Association and the National Center for State Courts, and with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors an online discussion forum for judges, court staff, attorneys, caseworkers, service providers, and others working with abused and neglected children and their families in jurisdictions affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Persons who live or work in a jurisdiction that suffered damage or a jurisdiction that is serving evacuees are invited to register and join the discussion forum. The forum is designed to allow participants to pose questions, exchange information, and inform others of their challenges and successes.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway recently posted a special webpage devoted to disaster preparedness and response. The webpage offers links to a variety of web resources in the areas of preparedness, response, and recovery. Federal Government resources on disaster preparedness are highlighted.
  • The Urban Institute has posted a page of their own post-Katrina resources. Papers cover the topics of children and families, the economy, education, cultural vitality, housing, employment, and government and social services.