Family Reunification Following Disasters: A Planning Tool for Health Care Facilities
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.
Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach
Post-Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach illustrates the significance of whole community collaboration and inclusive emergency planning by providing a comprehensive overview of the coordination processes necessary to reunify children separated from their parents or legal guardians in the event of a large-scale disaster and reflects how the whole community—to include nongovernmental organizations such as Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, faith-based and community organizations, disability and pediatric organizations, Federal and private sector partners, and civic action committees—can work together to achieve one wide ranging mission.
FEMA, HHS, American Red Cross, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. November 2013.