Children and Disasters Welcome Pediatricians can serve as expert advisors to local, state, and federal agencies and committees and play a key role in disaster and terrorism preparedness with families, children, and their communities Winter WeatherChildren are more likely to develop significant health effects when they are exposed to environmental temperature extremes.Find out moreHurricane PreparednessThe AAP works to ensure that children's needs are taken care of in a strategic manner related to hurricane preparedness.Find out moreHurricane Response and RecoveryA resource page highlighting strategies to ensure children's needs are addressed in a strategic manner during hurricane response and recovery periods.Find out moreReunification Planning ToolProvides assistance to hospitals as they review/update reunification plans.Find out more Learn More Testimony on the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act On January 23, 2018, Steven E. Krug, MD, FAAP, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on public health and medical preparedness and response. AAP Disaster Recovery Fund The 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. National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters Learn more about priorities and efforts of this National Advisory Committee! ASPR TRACIE This system was created to meet information and technical assistance needs for those working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness. Collaborative Initiatives The AAP partners with federal agencies and non-governmental organizations to implement projects that address children's needs in disasters. Life Support Policy Documents The AAP recently released a policy statement and technical report titled “Advocating for Life Support Training of Children, Parents, Caregivers, School Personnel, and the Public”. Upcoming Events Disaster related conferences, webinars, and trainings for pediatricians Pediatric Education Disasters Modules, in-person, and online educational training for pediatricians Information for Families HealthyChildren.org, the AAP parenting site, for information written for families on disaster preparedness Key Resources Vaccine Storage and HandlingAAP Web page providing guidance for vaccine storage and monitoring.CMS Disaster Response ToolkitA set of tools on the strategies available to support Medicaid operations and enrollees in times of crisis.Family Readiness KitKey resource to assist families to prepare for disasters.Exercise Resource KitA guide that provides tools and templates to conduct a pediatric tabletop exercise.EMSC Hospital ChecklistA tool to incorporate pediatric considerations into hospital disaster policies. Checklist for Practices Pediatricians need to be ready to provide care for their patients even when normal operations are distrupted. View the new checklist.Helping Children CopeDetails on how adults can promote adjustment and help children cope in a disaster.Infant Feeding in DisastersSteps pediatricians can take to support breastfeeding during a disaster or an emergencyPediatric Preparedness Resource KitStrategies to promote collaborative discussions and decision making about pediatric preparedness planning.Disaster Preparedness in NICUsPediatricians should develop disaster response plans within their units, hospital institutions, and geographic regions.Ensuring Child Health in DisastersPediatricians have a key role to play in preparing and treating families in cases of disasters.Providing Psychosocial SupportAAP Clinical Report - Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and CrisesThe Youngest VictimsDisaster Preparedness to Meet Children’s Needs.Reunification Planning ToolProvides assistance to hospitals as they review/update reunification plans.