Disaster Preparedness Resources

Over the last few years in communities across the state, Virginia pediatricians have faced a multitude of disasters. These have included tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and influenza epidemics. Communities have had varying levels of preparedness. The chapter has gathered together links that may help pediatricians and their communities prepare for future disasters both in their homes and in the communities they serve.

Children and Disasters – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a variety of materials for pediatricians who wish to become better prepared for a disaster or are interested in getting involved in pediatric disaster medicine. – Website

Emergency Preparedness and Response – The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives. – Website

FEMA provides information on to be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and has fun educational resources for kids. –  Website

How to Create Preparedness Program for Your Business- These resources from the U.S. Small Business Administration can help you develop a plan to protect your employees, lessen the financial impact of disasters, and re-open your business quickly to support economic recovery in your community. – Website

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do – A booklet that describes what parents can do to help children and adolescents cope with violence and disasters. – Website

Virginia Department of Health – Emergency Preparedness resources include local and state resources. –  Website

Sign Up for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps!  The Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a force of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. Each of the 31 local MRC units is comprised of teams of medical and public health professionals who, along with interested community members, volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and assist during emergencies throughout Virginia. – Website

American College of Physician resources for cliniciansWebsite