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Hurricane Season and National Preparedness Month

Friday, September 8, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The following is a message from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

September is National Preparedness Month, an annual campaign to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) participates in National Preparedness Month by sharing important information and resources specific to preparing for the care of children during an emergency or disaster. The AAP will follow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) theme: "Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Each week of National Preparedness Month, the AAP will focus on a different set of resources to share.


Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. As you may be aware, Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005. See the AAP statement on Hurricane Harvey. The FEMA also released a Keeping Children Safe after Harvey fact sheet. The fact sheet is available in 7 additional languages (Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese). Hurricane hazards can include storm surge, heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds, and tornadoes. With Hurricane Irma forming in the Atlantic Ocean, hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery is at the forefront. Below you will find helpful tips and resources that may assist with hurricane preparedness, response, and recovery:


For your information, the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are a source of medical information and advice on environmental conditions that influence reproductive and children’s health. Consider reviewing the PEHSU Clinician Recommendations Regarding Return of Children to Areas Impacted by Flooding and/or Hurricanes. This resource focuses on how pediatricians can understand what is appropriate after a disaster when kids were evacuated and are returning.