After disaster strikes children need help regaining their sense of safety and security. Creating a safe space for children to talk about their feelings and fears is essential. As adults we often get scared by this; it raises our own anxiety about the unpredictability in life. Yet being able to openly listen without reacting negatively and acknowledging children's feelings helps foster coping skills for life.
For more tips on coping, see the National Association for the Education of Young Children's on-line brochure, Helping Young Children After a Disaster.