MGT 439: Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness

Children's Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO, 64108

This course prepares students to effectively, appropriately, and safely plan for and respond to a disaster incident involving children, addressing the specific needs of pediatric patients in the event of a community based-incident. Pediatric specific planning considerations include mass sheltering, pediatric-triage, reunification planning and pediatric decontamination considerations. This is not a hand-on technical course, but instead a management resource course for stakeholders like pediatric physicians, emergency managers, emergency planners and members of public emergency departments like EMS, Fire, Police, Public Health and Hospitals in field of disaster response and preparedness work.

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Additional information


  • Introduction to Pediatric Response
  • Emergency Management (EM) Considerations
  • Implications for Planning and Response
  • Functional Access Needs Considerations
  • Mass Sheltering
  • Pediatric Triage and Allocation of Scarce Resources
  • Pediatric Reunification Considerations
  • Pediatric Decontamination Considerations


  • Community and Hospital based Emergency Managers
  • EMS Personnel
  • Hospital Administration and Emergency Room Personnel
  • Public Safety / Public Health Personnel
  • School Administrators
  • MRC Personnel
  • Private sector
  • Law Enforcement
  • Disaster response/relief personnel
  • County, State, and Federal personnel who respond to a local jurisdiction disaster event


  • FEMA / SID Number
  • Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class. Register online:

Continuing Education Credits

  • IACET - 1.6 CEUs                         
  • ENA - 15.5 hours
  • AAFP - 13.25 hours
  • TX-DSHS-EMS - 16.0 hours

Focus Area: Safety & Security