Disaster Preparedness

Beginning in 2008, the National Commission on Children and Disasters (NCCD) conducted a comprehensive study to independently examine and assess the needs of children (0-18 years of age) in relation to the ‘preparation for, response to, and recovery from all-hazards, including major disasters and emergencies.'

In 2010, the NCCD in its Final Report to the President and Congress, drew attention to the limited availability and inaccessibility of resources for pediatric disaster preparedness. To help address this shortfall, the EMS for Children Program developed "PEDPrepared," a pediatric disaster clearinghouse of resources targeting health providers, emergency and community planners, and families.

This comprehensive clearinghouse compiles information from a variety of federal, state, and local government information sources and materials published by national health and disaster related organizations. Its primary purpose is to help communities achieve an optimal level of emergency readiness for children who are involved in an environmental, health, or man-made disaster.

In partnership with the Mailman School of Public Health and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, the EMS for Children National Resource Center has developed an online interactive map designed to provide health care professionals interested in volunteering a resource to identify disaster volunteer agencies in their state. As you click on the desired state, agencies recruiting volunteers will be listed in alphabetical order along with the type of health care volunteers needed and any required training and certifications. Volunteer applications for each agency are provided.