Community Preparedness

Community Preparedness
Funded by: a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) with funds from Cooperative Agreement Number 2U90TP316967–11 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Community Preparedness: Ensuring the Health of Children during Disasters" is the newest program of the PA Chapter, AAP. It is a collaboration of the PA AAP with Drexel University and the PA Department of Health to develop emergency preparedness and the capacity to respond and recover from disasters among pediatric practices in Pennsylvania. The program is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) with funds from Cooperative Agreement Number 2U90TP316967–11 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This program is working to develop guidelines for community pediatric practice participation in planning for, addressing during and recovery after a disaster. The guidelines document and practice toolkit will be posted shortly.

Key Resources
Children & Disasters Website, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The American Academy of Pediatrics website on children and disasters includes resources on preparing your practice for an emergency or disaster, psychological first aid, clinical guidance for disaster scenarios, help for child day care providers, and resources and links on many other topics.
(Note: Website)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA)
The SAMSHA website provides extensive resources on coping with violence and traumatic events.
(Note: Website)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC offers extensive information about specific hazards, risk communication, preparation and planning, surveillance, recent outbreaks and incidents, and more.
(Note: Website)

CDC Health Alert from April 17 2013
CDC resources and links on mass casualty event preparedness and response. Resources include information and links regarding planning, how to structure communications to your patients, clinician training, mental health resources, and more.
(Note: PDF file)
Click here for a pdf of more resources.

Consultant: Suzanne Yunghans, MGMgt
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Pediatric Advisor: Allison Horowitz, MD, FAAP