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September is National Preparedness Month: Pledge to Prepare!

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

As September is National Preparedness Month, it is important for schools, parents, child caregivers, school administrators, and everyday citizens to know what they can do to be prepared when a disaster strikes. Children are especially vulnerable in the wake of a disaster and depend on the adults in their life to have a plan to ensure their safety.

Responding to disaster related health needs and ensuring related federal policies and programs reflect the needs of children is a priority for Children’s Health Fund. Because we are mobile, CHF has the flexibility to quickly pick up and go to places where disasters have struck. Children's Health Fund (CHF)’s history of work providing healthcare to children in crisis began in Florida in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew; then in New York City post- 9/11; and later in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In addition to supporting on the ground public health response to disasters, CHF works in collaboration with the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (NCDP) to help document and assess the impact of disasters on children and the communities in which they live.  As part of the post-Katrina efforts to improve federal disaster response, Congress created the National Commission on Children and Disasters (NCCD) and CHF’s president, Dr. Irwin Redlener, was appointed to serve. The NCCD produced a groundbreaking report on how federal disaster policy needs to be updated and improved to serve the needs of children. With Dr. Redlener’s expertise, CHF’s partnership with NCDP, and our on-the-ground experience responding to kids’ health needs in disaster situations, CHF’s ongoing advocacy work in this area remains a top priority.  

Join CHF in building a more resilient nation by making a Pledge to Prepare today!