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September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month (www.ready.gov/). This year’s theme is “Be Disaster Aware; Take Action to Prepare.”
The goal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-backed campaign is to enable citizens to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. FEMA offers information on how to combat threats such as wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and winter storms (www.community.fema.gov/connect.ti/AmericasPrepareathon).
On the AAP National Preparedness Month Web page (www.aap.org/disasters/preparednessmonth), pediatricians will find actions to help promote pediatric preparedness: joining National Preparedness Month activities; enhancing influenza prevention and control; creating disaster supplies kits and emergency plans; and getting involved in community preparedness activities.
The AAP has created a Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices (www.aap.org/disasters/checklist). Based on concepts and information from the AAP Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit (www.aap.org/disasters/resourcekit), the checklist allows for planning that can mitigate risk, ensure financial stability, strengthen the medical home and help promote the health of children in the community. The checklist also offers strategies on keeping vaccines safe during an emergency as well as steps to promote professional self-care. Use the checklist to prepare your office this month.
The Academy has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/phpr/preparedness_month.htm) and FEMA during National Preparedness Month to improve disaster preparedness for children.
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