Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Academy has been engaged in a range of activities to highlight the unique needs of children during disasters. This month’s designation as National Preparedness Month provides a platform to increase advocacy for children’s physical and mental health needs before, during and after a disaster strikes.

At the federal level, the Academy is working with Congress to ensure that the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) prioritizes children. The original law was signed in December 2006 by then-President George W. Bush to improve the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies.

“I remember when we first started going to federal agencies advocating for children’s needs within PAHPA, we used to have to invite ourselves to the table. Now, we are being invited to the table,” said Gary Peck, M.D., FAAP, former member of the AAP Disaster...

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