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Creating disaster preparedness plans for children with medical needs

Based on the tragic events in Japan, families everywhere may be thinking about creating a detailed disaster plan. It’s an important safety step, but for families with children who require special medical care, it could make all the difference in the world. Many of these children require steady access to medication, clean water, electricity and often need significant help getting from place to place, so having a strategy in place to provide those items after a catastrophe can be crucial.

“The immediate loss of support resources for kids with medical needs is the biggest obstacle these children and their families face after a disaster,” says John Murray, PhD, RN, CPNP, CS, FAAN, director of Nursing Research in Surgical Programs and the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Boston. “Families should be prepared for the worst case scenarios. That way, if they do happen, they won’t be caught completely off guard.”

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