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Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness

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Redding, CA. - April 1, 2019 - The North State has endured numerous disasters within the last year impacting thousands of families, including children. During the Carr Fire, Dignity Health North State played a significant role in serving the communities impacted and will continue to plan, prepare, and respond to disasters. 

We have reached out to all aspects of our community, including school administrators, law enforcement, EMS personnel, medical personnel, and public health have been invited to learn about pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations in order to better serve this part of our community in a time of need.

A report by the National Commission on Children and Disasters identified a training gap for emergency responders, first receivers, and emergency management personnel that reduced their effectiveness in responding to pediatric patients and their unique needs/considerations. This training addresses pediatric emergency planning and medical response considerations through a combination of lectures, small group exercises, and a table-top exercise.

This training is FREE for first responders and fully funded through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is being presented by staff from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services (TEEX).

During the training, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Mass Sheltering
  • Pediatric Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources
  • Pediatric Reunification and Decontamination Considerations
  • Implications for Planning and Response
  • Emergency Management Response

Mercy Medical Center
2175 Rosaline Ave.
Redding, CA 96002

Wednesday and Thursday, April 3 & 4, 2019
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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About Dignity Health North State
Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need.  In 2018, the Dignity Health North State Hospitals cared for more than 90,000 people and provided more than $21 million in community benefit to the region we serve.  The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of Connected Living.  Visit to learn more.

Publish date: 

Monday, April 01, 2019

Media Contact

Christine McMurry, Director of External Communications

p: (415) 250-4440

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