Since children comprise nearly a quarter of the U.S. population, they will likely be impacted by any natural or man-made disaster that occurs. Non-medical professionals and community volunteers may find themselves in the position to care for, watch over or consider the needs of non-injured and non-ill children during and after a disaster. Because these individuals may not normally care for children on a day-to-day basis, they may not be aware of the specific needs of children. This guide was designed as a resource for these individuals and includes a basic understanding of how children react to disasters and responders; the specific needs (physical and emotional) of children of all ages; tips for caring for and talking to children; information on children with chronic medical or behavioral conditions; and caring for unaccompanied children.
Maintaining facemasks on children during an influenza event can be a challenge. This resource provides healthcare professionals and parents/caregivers with key information related to why children need to wear facemasks, who is at higher risk for infection, strategies on keeping facemasks on children, assessing children while they are wearing facemasks, and what to do when supplies of pediatric facemasks are limited.
This handy one-page reference sheet utilizes 3 resources to provide information on the incubation period, duration of illness, signs/symptoms and other characteristics of biologic, nuclear, incendiary and chemical agents.
Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children Medication Dosing Brochures
During events that would lead to a need mass prophylaxis/treatment with medications such as antibiotics or antivirals, there may be an inadequate supply of pediatric liquid suspension. The instructional materials provide parents/caregivers with step-by-step instructions on how to create a liquid suspension by crushing/dissolving adult strength tablets and how to properly dose children based on weight.