Everyone at FCAAP is thinking about Florida’s pediatric health care providers and their patients as our state begins the recovery process after Hurricane Irma. This hurricane has affected virtually our entire state, as well as numerous islands in the Caribbean, and is expected to affect additional areas of the U.S. as the storm progresses north. During this time of recovery, FCAAP will stay in close communication with the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council (“AAP DPAC”) to secure and provide resources for your families, practices, and patients. The AAP DPAC’s connections with federal agencies such as the CDC Children’s Preparedness Unit, the FEMA national children’s advisor, Save the Children, the American Red Cross, and Child Care Aware, will help FCAAP and its members during this post-disaster period.
We will provide updated resources on the FCAAP website as they become available. Below are some resources you can use immediately with your staff and patients:
- Keeping Children Safe After Hurricanes (created during Superstorm Sandy and updated for Hurricane Harvey) – Available in multiple languages.
- Clinician Recommendations Regarding Return of Children to Areas Impacted by Flooding and/or Hurricanes
- Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency (English) (Spanish)
- Clean up your home (English) (Spanish)
- Mold FAQs (English) (Spanish)
- Carbon monoxide FAQs (English) (Spanish)
- Get rid of mold (English) (Spanish)
- Coping after a disaster (English) (Spanish)
- AAP and Children and Disasters Website
- Floods/Flash Floods
- Helping Children Cope and Adjust
- Information for Pediatric Practices
- Flooding Information for Parents
- Be prepared to cope with feelings of fear, grief and depression after Hurricane Irma.
- The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support in English and Spanish. Call 1-800-985-5990 (TTY for deaf/hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs or HÁBLANOS to 66746.