Pediatric disaster planning & preparedness
In disasters, children have unique needs that require pediatric-specific planning, preparation, response, and recovery. But children’s needs are often overlooked: in 2013, the National Pediatric Readiness Project assessment found that only 47% of emergency departments have disaster plans that address children. The EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center works to empower emergency departments and EMS agencies to prepare for children before crisis strikes.
Planning & preparedness resources
Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Toolkit
This checklist, currently in a pilot phase, is a 2022 update to the original 2014 checklist and seeks to expand its utility. It is intended as a tool to help hospital administrators and leadership incorporate essential pediatric considerations into existing hospital disaster policies.
Six-Month Quality Improvement Initiatives
Community-based clinic teams and hospital-based teams are invited to participate in six-month quality improvement initiatives to improve their disaster plans -- and earn 25 points toward the American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Credit Part 4 requirements.