Children and Disasters



Children have unique physical, mental, behavioral, developmental, communication, therapeutic, and social needs that must be addressed in all aspects of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Pediatricians have key roles to play in preparing and treating families in cases of disasters.
  • Hurricane Preparedness

    Hurricane Preparedness

    Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, and hurricanes can result in storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, and tornadoes. Citizens in hurricane impact zones should take steps to prepare in advance. 

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  • Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence

    Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence

    The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) awarded funds to support the creation of 2 Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence. These pilot projects will aim to improve disaster response capabilities for children in the United States.

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  • AAP Voices Blog

    AAP Voices Blog

    Dele Davies, MD, MS, MHCM, FAAP, authored a new blog titled, "Disasters' Rising Toll Makes Family Preparedness Key". 

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