Communities across the United States face the threat of emergencies and disasters nearly every day. 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 preparedness and resilience of communities in areas related to children requires a systems framework that incorporates traditional and non-traditional medical and public health stakeholders - including community organizations, schools, and other partners in municipal planning. The Institute of Medicine's poster, Taking Care of Kids, provides resources to assist parents, child care providers, schools, and pediatricians in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. Based on the recent report Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families: Workshop Summary, this poster (11 x 36 inches) is a useful resource and reminder of the special needs of children in crisis situations.
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