Natural, environmental and man-made disasters increasingly threaten the health of the world’s children. Pediatric practices can play a key role in improving emergency readiness and community resilience and helping families plan for and respond to the physical and psychological impact of disasters.

The change in the frequency and severity of disasters was among eight trends identified by the AAP Vision of Pediatrics 2020 Task Force that will influence the profession of pediatrics over the next 10 to 15 years. The Academy is working to provide members with the skills and resources to prepare for and respond to disasters, as well as to improve day-to-day pediatric emergency readiness.

The AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council (DPAC) has created the following resources to assist members in preparing for a disaster.

Emergency preparedness should be exercised at all organizational levels. Office-based physicians (whether they work in a hospital or in a free-standing practice) should...

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