The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released the publication Children and Youth Task Force in Disasters: Guidelines for Development .
This guide introduces Whole Community partners to Children and Youth Task Forces in Disasters and includes recommendations for states, tribes, territories, and local communities interested in launching their own Children and Youth Task Forces. It also outlines the support that ACF can provide. It was developed using vital lessons learned in meeting the needs of children and youth in recent disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, and the Joplin tornado. In addition, the guide provides guidance to help emergency management, human services, and public health professionals implement an effective approach to supporting children’s needs in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
During National Preparedness Month, the ACF published several blog posts for families and parents wanting to learn more about emergency preparedness, including some helpful resources and advice to help plan and prepare for a disaster.