The Pediatric Tabletop Exercise Resource Kit provides step by step guidance to prepare for and implement a pediatric tabletop exercise in a community. Templates are provided for agendas, email invitations, and follow-up work. Additional resources to prepare pediatric practice settings for disasters and public health emergencies are also included.
Caring for Children During Disasters: Identifying, Tracking, and Reunifying Unaccompanied Minors (IL EMSC)
The purpose of this module is to provide education and resources that can assist providers in identifying the needs of unaccompanied pediatric patients during a disaster. This course is designed to build on existing knowledge regarding and outline specific pediatric components that should be incorporated into an organization’s disaster plans in order to address the needs of children. A number of topics will be discussed including: - Challenges when caring for children in disasters - Identifying unaccompanied minors - Child safe areas/pediatric safe areas - Family information and support centers - Tracking unaccompanied minors - Verification of relationship - Reunification of unaccompanied minors
Disaster and Families of Children with Disabilities: What Every Health Care Provider Needs to Know
Health care providers play a vital role in preparing families of children with disabilities in their community. These resources are designed to position your community to “Be Ready” for disaster. Using these materials as part of on-boarding all health care providers during orientation, continuing education, workshops, exercises and emergency management planning groups can assure that families of children with disabilities are disaster ready.
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.
It is our hope that pre-hospital, and hospital professionals, primary healthcare providers, school nurses, and public health department personnel will utilize these materials to further enhance the care of children during disasters.
Planning for Children in Disasters: A Hospital Toolkit
From the Michigan Bureau of EMS & Trauma.
During a disaster or pandemic illness, hospitals may receive critically ill or injured children and be charged to triage, treat and stabilize them while awaiting assistance or transport to a pediatric specialty center. In an effort to further prepare hospitals for the surge of pediatric patients that may occur during a disaster, MDHHS BETP has worked with regional pediatric leadership personnel to develop this toolkit. The goal is to provide hospitals with useful, scalable and achievable strategies and tools for providing protection, treatment and acute care for children during a disaster.
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.
Checklist Tool for Pediatric Disaster Preparedness: A Tool for State EMS Offices
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Pediatric Emergency Care (PEC) Council discerned a need for a simple tool to help State EMS Offices identify where possible gaps might still exist in the area of pediatric disaster preparedness. The report of the National Commission on Children and Disasters was used as a guide in developing checklist items that might assist in identifying potential gaps; perhaps in the process further educating State EMS Office personnel in the area of disaster planning.
The Role of First Responders in Child Maltreatment Cases: Disaster and Nondisaster Situations (HHS)
From the HHS Office on Child Abuse and Neglect: This manual builds the foundation for successful outcomes when first responders encounter incidents, including disaster situations, in which child maltreatment might be suspected.
60 Seconds to Survival - Disaster Triage (Video Game)
This video game - focuses on prehospital triage of pediatric and adult disaster victims.
You are a paramedic responding to a series of multiple casualty incidents that have occurred in your city. Fire personnel are on scene, and you are the first paramedic there.
The incident commander has declared the scene safe. Your role is to perform primary triage. In the game, you will use the combined START/JumpSTART triage tool. The tool will be available to you in the game.
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.