In certain mass casualty situations, help may not be available right away, so the need to plan ahead is essential. Below are links provided by the AAP to help you adequately prepare your office for disaster and to help your families be prepared.

Pediatricians can also access the Academy’s comprehensive set of disaster-preparedness resources. These resources include the AAP Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit and the Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices.


Help Your Families & Office Be Prepared

Links for Helping Families

Getting Your Family Prepared for a Disaster

Talking to Your Child About Disasters

Supply Lists and Specific Disaster Information

Family Readiness Kit

Children with Special Healthcare Needs


Additional Links for Pediatric Office Disaster Planning

Readiness for Specific Disasters and How-To Toolkits

Template for Creating an Emergency Plan


Once Disaster Strikes—Who Do You Call for Information?

Do you know who to call in case of a disaster? In addition to contacting the county public health department, you should also call the California Emergency Medical Services Authority Medical Health Operational Area Coordination (MHOAC). The MHOAC can give evacuation information, where you can volunteer to help with casualties and what to do next in your county.

Link for Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC)

Link for Counties


After the Disaster—A Guide for Pediatricians:

Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope


More Useful Links

Federal Government Information

FEMA – Children and Disasters

CDC – Children in Disasters

CDC – Are You Prepared

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

California Pediatric Surge

California Department of Public Health Ready

National Disaster Response Information

Red Cross – How to Prepare for Emergencies

Be Prepared – Family Disaster Planning

AAP Point of Care Solutions: Four Steps