Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families - Workshop Summary


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Communities across the United States face the threat of emergencies and disasters nearly every day. Although children represent about 25 percent of the U.S. population, current state and local disaster preparedness plans often do not include specific considerations for children and families. The preparedness and resilience of communities related to children requires a systems framework for disaster preparedness across traditional and non-traditional medical and public health stakeholders – including community organizations, schools, and other partners in municipal planning.

On June 11-12, 2013, the IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events held a workshop to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and recovery relative to the needs of children and families, including children with special health care needs. The workshop reviewed existing tools and frameworks that can be modified to include children’s needs; identified non-traditional child-serving partners and organizations that can be leveraged in planning to improve outcomes for children; highlighted best practices in resilience and recovery strategies for children; and raised awareness of the need to integrate children’s considerations throughout emergency plans. This document summarizes the workshop.

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