Planning for Disasters for Children with Special Needs. Children (and Youth) With Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).
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“Children with special health care needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”
allergies requiring special formula or diet
Family Liaison Specialist
Allwant assurances our families are safe
before helping others.
Early Preparation is Key
Families and Providers Determine Necessary Needs and Supports in Addition to
Safely stockpile, in addition to extra medicines
– before emergencies happen.
Children with special health care needs are now in communities in unprecedented numbers. According to the 2005 US Census, children and youth (5-15 yrs) can be found in the following out of home environments:
Other Parent Siblings
Grandparents Other Relatives
Day Care Nursery/Preschool
Head Start Family Day Care
Non-relative in Other Homes Non-relative in Child’s Home
Sports Enrichment Activities
Clubs School Care
No Arrangements Multiple Arrangements
Jessica Gerdes, RN, MS, NCSN
Lead State School Health Nurse Consultant
(Source: DHHS, DPH, Annual Survey of School Health Services, 2006-07)
Source: NC Division of Child Development – December 2007
Kim Symonds, RN
Director of Nursing
Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities
Residential Facilities in NC facilities
Who are these children? facilities
How EMS can help evacuation
Gerri Mattson, MD, MSPH
Pediatric Medical Consultant
Partnering With Families To… evacuation
(*Most states have advanced directives forms that need to be filled
out for EMS to honor.)
Disaster Preparedness Plans/Drills evacuation
Questions for the panelists???