The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and members of its Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council work closely with the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters
(NACCD). Established in 2014, the NACCD provides advice and consultation to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary on issues related to the medical and public health needs of children during or after disasters. Several AAP members serve on the committee
. Recommendations of the NACCD
The NACCD develops recommendations that may inform federal decision-making on issues related to children and disasters. To date, three reports have been released:
- NPRSB and NACCD Joint Youth Leadership Report
This report addresses how to engage youth in preparedness, response, and resilience efforts. The report identifies promising practices; highlights contributions that youth can make to community and national preparedness and response; and recommends concrete opportunities to recognize the nation's youth as assets to ensure their engagement in assuring overall resilience. Also see the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness (of which the AAP is a partner).
- Healthcare Preparedness for Children in Disasters: A Report of the Healthcare Preparedness Working Group of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters
This report was developed in response to a request by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to assess the nation’s readiness to care for children affected by disasters. The report covers coalition building, workforce development, and medical countermeasure readiness.
- Surge Capacity Report: Near-Term Strategies to Improve Pediatric Surge Capacity During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
This report summarizes the methods, limitations, gaps, key findings, and results of the NACCD Surge Capacity Work Group's assessment of current national pediatric surge capacity. The assessment focused on: the current state of readiness to transport large numbers of critically ill children; the current state of general emergency/pediatric emergency surge capacity; the current readiness of children’s hospitals to surge during an infectious disease outbreak; and the current state of non-pediatric facilities to care for children in large-scale disease outbreaks. The report also includes a summary of potential mitigation strategies for identified gaps, a review of best practices, and a summary of practical tools that can help health care coalitions improve community readiness to care for children.
Contact the NACCD
The NACCD is willing to engage in a dialogue with the public. Questions or comments about the committee, its findings, or activities may be submitted via the NACCD comment form.
For more information, visit the NACCD Web page. The AAP has policy statements to guide the care of children in disasters: