Key Contact Network
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges AAP Chapters and other groups to prepare for future disasters by forming a network of key contacts to communicate with during and after an emergency.
Potential Disaster Preparedness Initiatives
- Identify those who should be part of the network.
- Put a mechanism in place for the network to communicate effectively.
- Compile an electronic mailing list.
- Exchange cell phone numbers.
- Identify a Web page for members with up-to-date information.
- Provide instructions for texting via cell phones if other communications fail.
- Describe options for communication and let network members know what to expect.
- Test the communication options.
The following ideas are designed to help chapters promote disaster preparedness:
- Ask which members are already involved in disaster preparedness initiatives.
- Identify an AAP member to serve as a chapter contact for disaster preparedness.
- Establish a chapter committee on disaster preparedness.
- Work with your local Community Emergency Response Team to conduct training or provide information on relevant courses to chapter members.
- Identify disaster preparedness committees, task forces, or initiatives in your state and appoint a chapter member to represent the pediatric perspective and children's needs as needed.
- Host a meeting or CME presentation for interested chapter members.
- Determine who oversees the state plans for disaster preparedness and pandemic influenza. Identify chapter members who can review these plans for inclusion of children's issues.
- Review AAP disaster preparedness resources and customize a handout or publication for chapter members, families, or other key audiences. Refer to the Maryland AAP Chapter newsletter article, "Preparing Your Office for a Disaster," by Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP as an example.
- Plan to do "just one thing" in September, National Preparedness Month.
- Refer to the chapter initiatives for each state/region for other ideas.
- Join the Southeastern Regional Pediatric Disaster Surge Network or work with other AAP Chapters to form a similar network in your region.