In Case of a Disaster or Earthquake
After the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal in 2015, nearly one million children were affected. Thus, the organization has issued warnings regarding the vulnerable status of children in such a situation. Potential risks that children can face during a disaster include:
- Family separation
- Disruption of regular schedule or school
- Anxiety, fear, PTSD and other emotional distress
- Problems from dehydration and lack of appropriate food sources
- Higher chance of getting infectious disease with lack of proper hygiene
The Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles supports the concerns of UNICEF. We acknowledge children’s vulnerabilities and needs in times of disaster and continue to work towards addressing those issues. Our work in improving pediatric disaster preparedness strives to help mitigate the repercussions an emergency or disaster may have on children and their health and well being.
For families interested in disaster preparedness, please visit the Pediatric Disaster Resource and Training Center, read “Is Your Family Prepared For a Disaster?,” and print out the following infographic.