Take the first step to kickstart disaster response plans during National Preparedness
Month in September.
Don’t know where to start? Think about what disasters and emergencies could happen
in your community. Weather-related disasters, earthquakes, wildfires, pandemics and
economic downturns all take a toll on children and families.
Identify what each child in your practice, including those with special health care
needs, would need to cope with a disaster or emergency. Hand out the Family Readiness
Kit that explains how to make a plan, be informed and get involved.
Preparing and responding to children’s needs during public health emergencies continues
to be challenging. The AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
have collaborated to promote pediatric preparedness through implementation of pediatric-focused
exercises (as well as by adding pediatric content to existing exercises).
The AAP developed a Pediatric and Public Health Preparedness Exercise Resource Kit
to assist coalitions, hospitals and other entities develop or test their disaster
plans. Email DisasterReady@aap.org for a copy of the kit and sample pediatric scenarios.