US Hospital Preparedness to Manage Unidentified Individuals and Reunite Unaccompanied Minors with Family Members During Disasters Results from a Nati
Rebmann, T., Gupta, N., and Charney, R. (2021). US Hospital Preparedness to Manage Unidentified Individuals and Reunite Unaccompanied Minors with Family Members During Disasters: Results from a Nationwide Survey. (Abstract only.) Health Security. 19(2):183-194.
The authors surveyed Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals to better understand hospital preparedness for reuniting unaccompanied minors with family members after a disaster. Respondents agreed preparedness for family reunification was important, but the survey suggested that just 65.9% of hospitals are prepared to reunite minors with family, while 63.6% had some form of reunification plan. The authors suggest hospitals prioritize development of plans for a scenario where reunification is required.