Helping children and families respond to the psychological impact of wildfires.
Developed by Sadie Wilcox and Hania Thomas-Adams for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Every year in the United States, wildfires burn more than 5 million acres. They can destroy homes, businesses, and decimate entire communities. They sometimes result in the death of loved ones and can inflict life-threatening burn injuries. It is not surprising that wildfires can have a tremendous psychological impact on children. This document addresses some of the ways children may be affected by wildfires, and offers suggestions about how to help restore a sense of safety and comfort in their world.