National Preparedness Month

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National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies and disasters. This effort is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is sponsored by the Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen's Corp. This year's National Preparedness Month theme is, "Prepared, Not Scared." The FEMA urges people to prepare for specific threats such as floods, wildfires, hurricanes, and power outages. The campaign will feature Public Service Announcements and multimedia products around 4 weekly themes:

●   Week 1: September 1-7 - Save Early for Disaster Costs
●   Week 2: September 8-14 - Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
●   Week 3: September 15-21 - Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
●   Week 4: September 22-30 - Get Involved in Your Community's Preparedness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively engaged in preparedness initiatives that focus on the power of preparedness, which includes personal preparedness, pandemic influenza planning, policy and partnerships, and public health response. Also, see the CDC Caring for Children in a Disaster web page.

New Resources from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE)

    • This template is intended to be a high-level response plan that identifies the experts and specialized resources that exist within health care coalitions and the processes that will be used to determine which patients go to which facilities.

    • This pediatric-focused annex is meant to be an annex to a health care coalition's response plan. The template includes general headers, descriptions, and sample resources/plans that may provide guidance or a template for health care coalitions to assist in their planning efforts.

    • This is an opportunity for pediatricians to connect with their Hospital Preparedness Program colleagues to offer input on these pediatric annexes.

    • The resources in this Topic Collection offer information for health care facilities, health care coalitions, and other health and medical providers about the special care and resources needed for children prior to, during, and after a disaster.

    • This document contains planning considerations that should be reviewed when developing mass casualty incident (MCI) plans and training programs. Unfortunately, MCIs are becoming more common. These types of events highlight a need for emergency medical services (EMS) medical directors, EMS systems and hospital emergency planners, and others who have a lead role in health care emergency response planning, to prepare in advance to respond to these types of events. Pediatric triage strategies and related issues are highlighted on page 40.

    • On the right side of this web page, you can enter an email address to receive important announcements and updates through the ASPR TRACIE electronic mailing list.

Connect with Families to Encourage Disaster Preparedness

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and FEMA are working together to ensure that all infants, children, adolescents, young adults, and their parents are prepared in case of emergencies. To do so, the AAP and FEMA would like to bring the conversation of emergency preparedness to pediatric practices. During office visits, pediatricians can remind children and their guardians to learn about potential hazards in the area, to create an emergency plan, and to build an emergency kit. The AAP Family Readiness Kit can be used to supplement these conversations. Below are potential questions that could be asked during visits with families:

  • Do you know what hazards affect your home ad your community?

  • Do you have a family communications plan?

  • Do you have an emergency kit packed and know what it should include?

  • Are you familiar with the emergency plans at your child's school or child care program?

Additional way to promote pediatric readiness for families include:

Enhance Influenza Prevention and Control

Improve Office Preparedness

Hurricane season is upon us, and pediatricians need to be ready to provide care for their patients even when normal business operations are disrupted. Advanced preparedness planning can mitigate risk, ensure financial stability, strengthen the medical home, and help promote the health of children in the community. The AAP offers resources for office practices:


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