Emergency/Disaster Preparedness

FEAM photo of a child with dog after a disaster in OklahomaA mid-day tornado strikes, cutting off roads to the elementary school. How will you get your son who uses a wheelchair home safely?

A winter storm traps families in their homes for six days without power. How will you power your daughter’s ventilator?

An influenza outbreak causes long lines at local pharmacies. How will you refill your child’s medication and protect him from the flu?

Disasters are stressful for everybody, but they are particularly difficult for families that include children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).  By taking steps to prepare for emergencies or disasters, families can be better equipped to deal with these situations.

In this project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Family Voices is working with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help families of CYSHCN and providers be better prepared to face emergencies and disasters.

Project Activities:

  1. Emergency/Disaster Preparedness: Tips for FamiliesDevelop handouts for families and pediatricians to improve preparedness efforts.
    Family Voices helped the AAP to develop surveys and focus group questions for families, family leaders, and providers. Results were analyzed and a family tip sheet was developed.

  2. Conduct a multi-media campaign to inform and encourage family efforts to prepare.
    A video contest has been launched to solicit 'family story' videos in which families share their experiences of emergencies and disasters.  Resources have been posted.  Future tasks will include disseminating the videos and materials through the AAP and FV websites and social media.


  1. Emergency/Disaster Preparedness: Tips for Families
  2. Video ContestVideo Contest Flyer