Hurricane Katrina exposed numerous gaps in disaster preparedness when it stuck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. Lack of coordination, communication failures and delays in the recovery responses of local, State and Federal disaster authorities resulted in increased morbidity and mortality for both children and adults. This paper focuses on some of the longstanding pediatric disaster preparedness issues that were exposed in the recent experience with Hurricane Katrina, the important lessons to be learned, and offers a series of recommendations towards improving pediatric disaster readiness.
- Children with special health care needs
- Disaster response and recovery
- Evacuation and reunification
- Pediatric disaster readiness
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Emergency Medicine