Children are more vulnerable than adults in disasters and public health emergency situations, and they have specific needs for customized disaster planning. Pediatricians can use these resources, recommendations and tools to be better prepared to support and care for children affected by disasters.
Disaster Preparedness Overview
Infants, children and adolescents have unique needs that must be considered in disaster management efforts. Pediatricians and others who may care for children have key roles to play in disaster preparedness, response and recovery to ensure these unique needs are met. The AAP provides resources for pediatricians and others to take strategic actions (personally and professionally) to support planning, provide services and play a leadership role in disasters and public health emergencies.
The AAP provides recommendations and guidelines to support pediatricians and other health care professionals working to ensure the health of children and adolescents is addressed in disaster planning and response.
Tools and Resources
The AAP has developed numerous resources designed to help pediatric health care providers, families and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from and disasters and other emergency situations.
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