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
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)
After the Disaster—A Guide for Pediatricians:
Promoting Adjustment and Helping Children Cope
More Useful Links
Federal Government Information
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