Advances in Pediatrics

Children and Megadisasters: Lessons Learned in the New Millennium

      The term megadisaster has worked its way into the mainstream since the start of the new millennium. The expression once reserved for the technical meaning of the word—a “one in a million” disaster—has recently been brought to the forefront by several large natural events that have occurred in the past 5 years, namely Hurricane Katrina in the United States and the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004. These two disasters, as well as the terrorist attacks of September 2001 in the United States have directed a persistent spotlight on the systems by which the public and its government plan for, respond to, and recover from high-impact catastrophes.
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