The Role of the Federal Government in Supporting Domestic Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics
Children; Disaster; Federal; Government; Preparedness; Response
© 2019, The Author(s). Purpose of review: A series of serious domestic catastrophes in the new millennium brought attention to many of the specific vulnerabilities of children in disaster. Both on its own initiative and steered by advisory bodies, since then, the federal government has taken an increasingly proactive role in supporting the needs of children in the preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters. This report will provide the pediatric provider with an understanding of the federal authorities, policies, and tools that exist to support communities before, during, and after the impact of disaster, with a special emphasis on pediatric preparedness. It will also provide the reader with potential options for becoming more involved in disaster preparedness and response. Recent findings: The goal of improving the care of children in disaster is being approached through a national-level whole community model of preparedness that considers children of all abilities and needs, as well as the places where they spend their time as integral components of a prepared and resilient community. Summary: The federal government is a critical partner along with state, local, and regional stakeholders to improve the care of children impacted by disaster.
Garrett, A. (2019). The Role of the Federal Government in Supporting Domestic Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics, 5 (3). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40746-019-00162-7