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Considerations for Children and Families in the Face of Disasters

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 Institute of Medicine recently published a new Workshop Summary focused on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery relative to the needs of children and families based on a workshop hosted by the IOM Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events held June 11-12, 2013.
Workshop participants 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.
·         View an information graphic about disaster planning for caretakers of children
·         Read or purchase the workshop summary
The Koshland Science Museum recently hosted a series of events focused on building community resilience to disasters. Stay tuned for more events and opportunities in 2014!