6.1 Federal agencies (the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security), in partnership with state and regional planning bodies and emergency care providers, should convene a panel with multidisciplinary expertise to develop strategies for addressing pediatric needs in the event of a disaster. This effort should encompass the following:
Development of strategies to minimize parent–child separation and improved methods for reuniting separated children with their families.
Development of strategies to improve the level of pediatric expertise on disaster medical assistance teams and other organized disaster response teams.
Development of disaster plans that address pediatric surge capacity for both injured and noninjured children.
Development of and improved access to specific medical and mental health therapies, as well as social services, for children in the event of a disaster.
Development of policies to ensure that disaster drills include a pediatric mass casualty incident at least once every 2 years.