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This is an image of Anna Hughes, a field technical assistant with the Early Years Network helped with post-tornado child care at a Red Cross Shelter in Louisville, MS in May, 2014.
October 16, 2015 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Family Dynamics

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- One of the most difficult tasks a parent or provider will face is guiding children through the grief and instability brought on by tragedy.

Natural disasters, terrorism, mass shootings, deaths of loved ones, or acts of domestic or physical violence are traumatic for everyone. When faced with these events, children and adults alike experience feelings of fear, helplessness and anxiety. However, children have very little, if any, experience in properly dealing with those feelings.

Preschoolers and workers practice together during a tornado drill at the Mississippi State University Child Development and Family Studies Center on July 16, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 17, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Teachers, students and parents need to be on the same page when disasters happen during school hours.

Ryan Akers, assistant Extension professor of community preparation and disaster management at Mississippi State University, said basic plans can make a huge difference for everyone involved when emergencies occur.

“Emergency plans are becoming more important to schools, and not just the traditional fire and tornado drills,” Akers said. “Schools are gathering supplies and working on extensive communication plans to help everyone involved.”

Gina Carr, a Mississippi State University Extension Service staff member with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network, keeps 3-year-old Brandily Haynes engaged while his family is in the American Red Cross Shelter at First Baptist Church in Louisville, Mississippi, on May 1, 2014.  (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
May 2, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Disaster Preparedness, Family, Children and Parenting

LOUISVILLE – Long before the dark clouds rolled across the state on April 28, the Mississippi State University Extension Service had been prepared to provide a silver lining for children displaced by disaster.

Louise Davis, Extension professor of child and family development, said “safe spaces” are set up at shelters in Tupelo and Louisville. Extension staff with the Mississippi Child Care Resource and Referral Network will oversee these sites.

Lowndes County Extension agent Sharon Patrick (left) provides safety support for Oktibbeha County Extension agent Julie White during training for the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative at Mississippi State University. Monticello Mayor Dave Nichols, a Citizens Corps trainer, is supervising the hands-on lesson on Aug. 4, 2012. (File photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
April 23, 2014 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Family

By Brittnie Burton
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Learning opportunities for teens do not end when school lets out for the summer in communities across Mississippi.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is recruiting students in six counties for the inaugural Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI.

Lowndes County 4-H agent Sharon Patrick (left) provides safety support for Oktibbeha County Extension director Julie White during training for the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative on Aug. 4, 2012, at Mississippi State University. Monticello Mayor Dave Nichols, the only Citizens Corps trainer qualified to certify trainers in Mississippi, supervises the hands-on lesson. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
August 9, 2012 - Filed Under: Disaster Response-Youth, Community, Disaster Preparedness

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi teens can soon be trained in disaster preparedness in their communities, something usually done by only a small percentage of adults.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is certifying trainers for the Mississippi Youth Preparedness Initiative, or MyPI. One goal is to teach teenagers how they can help themselves, their families, and their communities prepare for and respond to disasters.

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