AAP Disaster Recovery Fund
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a disaster recovery fund through which contributions can
be made to support pediatricians and the children they serve as a result
of natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the world.
was established in 2005 and was originally called the "AAP Hurricane
Katrina Victims Relief Fund". AAP Chapters in the Gulf Coast area were
asked to conduct a needs assessment and were awarded funds to support
the most pressing needs. Eventually, a Disaster Recovery gift
designation was created to support
disaster recovery efforts.
How Funds Have Been Used
Funds have been used to support:
- Puerto Rico Chapter
– An initial needs assessment of pediatric needs throughout affected
communities and shelters. The funds will support the staff coordination
for cataloguing and distribution of basic survival supplies to children
in hospitals, shelters, and communities.
- Louisiana Chapter
– Coordination and implementation of a "Pediatric Disaster Preparedness
Roundtable" that included exercises with various scenarios and
identification of regional pediatric contacts for future preparedness
- Michigan Chapter – Development and administration of programs aimed at mitigating the impacts of lead exposure on children.
- Puerto Rico Chapter
– A full-day educational program, "Symposium-Updates on Zika Virus",
offered to neonatal nurses and pediatricians caring for children with
congenital Zika virus in Puerto Rico.
- Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey – Working with the International Pediatric Association,
funds were sent to Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to help train
pediatricians on the best methods of treatment for Syrian refugee
- Oklahoma Chapter – A project
titled, "Oklahoma Pediatric Disaster Mental Health Initiative" specific
to the recover from tornados/severe weather.
- Connecticut Chapter
– A project titled, "Care Coordination for Mental Services for the
Children of Newtown, CT" in follow-up to the shooting in Newtown, CT.
- AAP District II New York
– A project titled, "Rebuilding Bright Futures for New York's Children
and Pediatricians After Superstorm Sandy" that focused on training in
mental health for pediatricians, social services, foster care providers,
and school personnel.
- New Jersey Chapter – A project titled "Supporting Children in the Aftermath of Disaster".
- Missouri Chapter – A project titled, "One Year Anniversary, Recognition and Recovery "After the Storm".
- Vermont Chapter – A project titled, "Tropical Storm Irene Flood Disaster Relief for Vermont Children and Families".
- Alabama Chapter – A "School & the 3 Rs: Recognition, Recovery, and Resiliency" program.
- Japanese Pediatric Society – Addressed child health needs following the earthquakes, tsunami, and damage to the nuclear power plant.
- Chili – Purchased medicine and medical equipment to treat Chilean children.
- Haitian Pediatric Society
– Addressed children's needs through strategic planning, purchase of
medical supplies, and support for Haitian pediatricians and pediatric
residents after the 2010 earthquakes.
- Texas Chapter – Offered stipends to pediatric residents displaced because of Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike.
If you would like additional information on any of these funded activities, email DisasterReady@aap.org.
Donate to Support AAP Disaster Recovery
Donors can make contributions for disaster recovery through the AAP Disaster Recovery Fund at any time online
or by calling 888/700-5378. While gifts to a specific disaster are
appreciated, please consider general support. Not limiting your
contribution to one disaster gives the AAP the flexibility to respond to
the most urgent needs as they occur.
Apply for Funding
It is preferable if the application is submitted by an AAP Chapter that
has conducted a needs assessment. For more information, see the Application Form or e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org. Staff is available to help you with this process.
Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope Resources
Disasters and other crisis events have the potential to cause short-
and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional
adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. It's
important that pediatricians, and all adults in a position to support
children, are prepared to help children understand what has happened and
to promote effective coping strategies. See the AAP Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope resource page for additional information.