A Novel Image-based Tool to Reunite Children With Their Families After Disasters
SAEM Manuscript, published November 2012.
Objectives: Reuniting children with their families after a disaster poses unique challenges. The objective was to pilot test the ability of a novel image-based tool to assist a parent in identifying a picture of his or her children.
Family Reunification Following Disasters: A Planning Tool for Health Care Facilities (AAP)
Created by the AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council Subcommittee on Reunification Planning in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Disaster Medicine.
This planning tool focuses on providing guidance to hospitals that will help them create or update their plans to support family reunification after a disaster. This tool is scalable and is intended to be useful in smaller, more localized incidents (eg,shootings, motor-vehicle collisions) as well as in large-scale disasters (eg, terrorist attacks, natural disasters). This tool is meant to build on the plans that hospitals already have in place to care for unidentified patients and for children. While this tool is written in a manner that provides mostly high-level, quick-reference information, it includes enough background and operational-level detail to provide sufficient context to facilitate planning.