Kids in Disasters (KIDs) Working Group

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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



Kids going back to school?

  • Review your school’s/child care’s disaster plan.
  • Update your emergency contact list for persons authorized to pick up your child.
  • Build an emergency kit with your children and review your family plan!

For more info, see

Coping with Disasters

Surge Planning

Mental Health

Child Care

  • Recommendations for Protecting Children in Child Care (NACCRRA and Save the Children)

Disaster Preparedness for Children

Michele Cheung, MD MPH FAAP
Orange County
Health Care Agency (HCA)

9/4/14 KIDs Working Group Meeting
Presentation on the Unaccompanied Minors' Registry
7/17/14 KIDs Working Group Meeting
Presentation: "Transportation and Evacuation Plans in Orange County"
5/8/14 KIDs Working Group Meeting
Presentation: "Partnering with Established Networks of Chld Care to Improve Emergency Preparedness of Providers in Los Angeles County"
3/13/14 KIDs Working Group Meeting
Presentation: "Disaster Response at the Disneyland Resort"
1/9/14 KIDs Working Group Meeting
Presentation on current roles and responsibilities of the Social Services Agency in Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Unaccompanied Minors
11/14/13 KIDs Working Group Meeting
Presentation on Church of the Brethren Children's Disaster Services (provides child care services at shelters during a disaster)
9/25/13 Survey of school aged children on disaster preparedness
9/19/13 KIDs Working Group Meeting
Presentation: "Disaster Planning: Are you ready for the kids?"
7/18/13 KIDs Working Group Meeting
  • Review of gap assessment results
  • Formation of sub-Working Groups
    • Child care infrastructure recovery
    • Access to pediatric mental health services
    • Pediatric surge planning
    • Pediatric risk assessment
  • 4/27/13 Training on Psychological First Aid for Children at early education conference
    3/23/13 Training by Save the Children for child cares on emergency preparedness
    3/21/13 HEPPC meeting on “Response to a School Shooting – Sandy Hook and Local Preparedness”
    2/13/13 Official establishment of KIDs Working Group as subcommittee of OA DAFN
    1/22/13 Initial official meeting of KIDs Working Group; mission/goals/objectives established
    12/15/12 Training by Save the Children for child cares on emergency preparedness
    11/8/12 Initial kick-off event with Save the Children speaker on Disaster Preparedness for Children at HEPPC meeting