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 National Preparedness MonthThe AAP asks members to take specific actions to promote pediatric emergency readiness in September.Find out moreProtect Children From DisastersPediatricians can help families prepare for disasters by providing expert information. Check out the Volcano Emergency Preparedness Information page.Find out moreFamily Reunification Following Disasters Planning ToolThis tool is meant to provide assistance to hospitals as they review and update their plans to provide information, support services, and safe reunification assistance to family members of patients who have experienced disasters.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 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. Pediatric Preparedness Ambassadors Find out more information about the Pediatric Preparedness Ambassadors 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 Family Readiness KitKey resource to assist families to prepare for disasters.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 CrisesPediatric Preparedness Resource KitStrategies to promote collaborative discussions and decision making about pediatric preparedness planning.Infant Feeding in DisastersSteps pediatricians can take to support breastfeeding during a disaster or an emergencyEMSC 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.The Youngest VictimsDisaster Preparedness to Meet Children’s Needs.Helping Children CopeDetails on how adults can promote adjustment and help children cope in a disaster.