Federal Guidance in Preparing for COVID-19

RHY grantees are encouraged to work closely with your state and local public health authorities on issues related to addressing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in your organization and community, FYSB wants to share with you federal guidance in a number of areas, which is continuously being updated.

If you are unable to find federal guidance to address your concerns or are encountering any challenges in implementing your programs as a result of the COVID-19 virus, please reach out to your federal program manager, so that we can share this information with the relevant stakeholders to connect you to the information and/or resources you need.

Resources are included below and this site will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Supporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Questions to Consider
The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) (2020)
Responses to several questions regarding options as related to the education of homeless youth and community responses to unaccompanied minors. 

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has prepared a list of disaster preparedness and response resources shown below. These resources are organized by preparedness (before a disaster), response (the immediate aftermath), and recovery (the longer term reconstruction/healing phase).

Children and Disasters
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Offers resources to address children’s needs throughout preparedness planning, response, and recovery efforts during and following a disaster.

Children and Disasters
American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides audience-specific information and tools to equip families to respond to natural and man-made disasters.

Caring for Children in a Disaster
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016)
Provides information and resources to help families and service-providers prepare and respond to disasters.

Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agencies
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Provides an overview of disaster planning for child welfare agencies. Outlines the reasons child welfare agencies should develop disaster plans, provides an overview of plan development, points to resources for creating preparedness plans, and highlights State and local examples.

National Disasters

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Provides information and resources to help families in cases of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, epidemics, fires, floods, hurricanes, and more. The webpage also offers resources to help mitigate the psychological effects these events may have.

Disaster Technical Assistance Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (2017)
Supports SAMHSA's efforts to prepare states, territories, and local entities to deliver an effective mental health and substance use (behavioral health) response during disasters.

Public Health Emergency
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2017)
Provides information and resources on natural and man-made disasters and traumatic events for families and individuals; business; practitioners, clinicians, and responders; and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency planners.