The Kids in Disasters (KIDs) Working Group was officially established as a subcommittee of the Orange County Disabilities Access and Functional Needs (DAFN) Working Group in February 2013.
Mission: To engage public and private community, government and healthcare organizations and individuals to promote coordinated efforts and partnerships to ensure that infants’ and children’s needs are met before, during, and after disasters.
Identify and share information on Orange County-specific child-focused resources
Share information on new and developing policies and standards regarding children in emergencies, best practices supporting child safety and well-being, and initiatives that support children, before, during and after disasters
Provide input into Orange County Operational Area and other emergency response plans and annexes to ensure they address children’s comprehensive needs during emergencies
Provide training opportunities for organizations, support agencies, and institutions interested in enhancing emergency readiness for children
Include organizations providing services to children in emergency preparedness and response exercises
Milestones and Upcoming Events:
Initial kick-off event with speaker on Disaster Preparedness for Children at HEPPC meeting