COVID-19 Resources For First Responders

Updated: Mar 23, 2020

Updated 3/23/20 @ 1:00 PM

COVID-19 Specific Information

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First Responder Specific Information

Stress and Anxiety Reduction Resources

Crisis Hotlines

  • Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or​ text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800 -846-8517)

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • National Substance Use and Disorder Issues Referral and Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

  • Fire/EMS Helpline: 1-888-731-FIRE (3473)

  • Safe Call Now for First Responders: 206 459-3020

  • CopLine: 800-267-5463

  • Serve & Protect: or call 615-373-8000 for the crisis line

  • Teen Life Line phone or text: 602-248-TEEN (8336)

  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ suicide help): 866-488-7386 (text 202-304-1200 or Trevor Project online chat)

Phone Apps

  • ASK & Prevent Suicide – Easy steps to preventing suicide (iTunes) (Google Play)

  • Breathe2Relax– Stress management tools and exercises (iTunes) (Google Play)

  • Self-help Anxiety Management – Helps people manage anxiety (iTunes) (Google Play)

  • Suicide Safer Home – Practical tips for parents and caregivers (iTunes) (Google Play)

  • Texas Veterans – Access local, state and national resources (iTunes) (Google Play)

  • Virtual Hope Box – Stores personal messages, information and pictures to promote mental wellness and crisis support (iTunes) (Google Play)

Education Resources (Free & Low Cost)

  • Book Creator App:

Book Creator is a simple way for your students to make their own ebooks.  This platform can be used to create for any subject across any grade level. The resources hub gives you a range of lesson ideas, or create your own assignment that lets your students get creative to demonstrate their knowledge!  There is also a list of ways that Book Creator can help with remote learning on the website.

Free Services Offered: Premium feature – real-time collaboration on books

How to utilize: Create an account, start the collaboration trial, and fill out a short form to get access to this feature.

  • CommonLit:

CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization working to support all students with reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills.  The CommonLit Literacy Midel is built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12, complimented by aligned interim assessments, growth oriented goals, and expert led teacher development.  Teachers can assign Mini Units (short, self-paced thematic units for grades 5-12) and Text Sets (relevant reading passages from a variety of genres).

Free Services Offered: Free account access for parents, teachers, school/district leaders can pursue free virtual training and digital resource packs to support contingency plans.

  • Elementari:

Elementari engages students to write their own story, working at their own pace.  The platform provides illustrations to inspire stories, develop analytical thinking, and provide a source of pride for students in their personal writing and coding projects.  Elementari is used around the world for writing in students native language and for second language learning. Teachers can review and give feedback on students’ stories remotely.

Free Services Offered: Free Access to the Entire Platform

How to utilize: Fill out this form to receive access.

  • Epic!:

Epic! is the leading digital library for kids 12 and under, and it is free for educators.  With Epic! you instantly get access to 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes, & more.  The books have a feature that wil