Hospital/EMS Preparedness

On this page you will find emergency preparedness resources designed to be resources for hospital/EMS health care professionals. It includes the Pediatric and Obstetric Emergency Preparedness Toolkit which is a guide for developing a hospital preparedness plan for children and pregnant women. This toolkit is particularly helpful for facilities that do not typically admit or treat pediatric and obstetric patients. Also included are other materials related to managing pediatric and obstetric patients during emergencies, information on improving health system preparedness for terrorism and mass casualty events, and a hospital-specific chemical and bioterrorism preparedness checklist.

  • Pediatric and Obstetric Emergency Preparedness Toolkit (PDF)
  • The purpose of this 'toolkit' is to provide guidance to hospitals throughout New York State in preparing their own unique emergency disaster plan. It is especially useful to the hospitals that do not routinely care for pediatric, newborn or obstetric patients. The 'toolkit' provides an outline for roles and actions of hospital personnel, volunteers, families and the community during an emergency and guides hospital emergency planning to ensure the pediatric and obstetric population will be well cared for during a mass casualty event.
  • The Youngest Victims: Disaster Preparedness to Meet Children's Needs (PDF)
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council has identified a variety of guiding principles and key messages that AAP members and child advocates can use to guide decision-making and support the implementation of new public policy, effective community/state planning, and appropriate education and training.
  • Improving Health System Preparedness for Terrorism and Mass Casualty Events (PDF)
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) convened a series of leadership summits to develop this report. It serves as a national call for action from health professionals to strengthen health system preparedness, response, and resilience to terrorism and other catastrophic events.
  • K.I.D. (Kids in Disasters) Kit
  • This CD-ROM (often referred to as the K.I.D. Kit) is available to order. It provides child and family-centered materials addressing disaster triage, the Broselow-Luten principles of color-coding children, tools for responding to incidents involving agents of chemical warfare, and several other aspects of pediatric disaster planning and preparedness.