Disaster Preparedness was noted to be an area that most NH EDs fell short on in our pediatric readiness assessment. We will be working alongside the Granite State Health Care Coalition to improve this aspect of preparedness in the future.
Until then, here are some great resources to improve your facility's disaster planning:
This Checklist is intended as a tool to help hospital administrators and leadership incorporate essential pediatric considerations into existing hospital disaster policies. Available also as a dynamic PDF for real-time use.
Topics include Tools for Family Reunification, Planning for Pedi Surges and Handoff Strategies. Very progressive and exceptionally informative!
A tool to provide guidance and templates for 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
Geared towards families, this site shows how disasters affect children from start to finish including children with special health care needs, coping mechanisms and a children's activity book on coping.
This webinar discusses effects of disaster on the psychological functioning and growth of children and describes practical ways to incorporate behavior health policies and practices into disaster plans and embed them into everyday practice.
This site is a collection of resources related to medical and public health issues of children (and pregnant women!) in disasters and emergencies. Links are provided to both journal articles and to other documents and materials that may be useful in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities. Resources are national or international in scope.
A more comprehensive approach to the topic of pediatrics and disasters.