PREPARE – Partners In Pediatric Readiness, Emergency Preparedness, and Response Education

This virtual training brings together families and pediatric emergency care coordinators to learn from each other, build trust, and practice real-life skills during an emergency.

The PREPaRE Training and Companion Toolkit were co-developed with cross-sector key partners serving Pennsylvania: Drexel University and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), The Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center (family-led organization), Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales (HUNE), Inc. [Hispanics United for Exceptional Children] (family-led organization), with technical support from the Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health.

All videos below have ASL Interpretation and Captioning. 

Training Videos


PREPARE Introduction

Module 1: Reciprocal Communication – Caregivers and EMS

EMS/EMSC Services & Family-Led Organizations

“What’s Your Story?” – Caregivers & First Responders Sharing Experiences

Building Trust in Emergencies

Optimizing Communication

Participant Skill Building – Role Play Exercise

Module 2: Medical Planning

Introduction & Brief Overview of Children with Complex Needs (CCN)

Emergency Care Planning & Integrating Care

Medical Equipment, Technology


Module 3: Training on Resources

Overview & Emergency Information Forms (EIFs)

Go Bags & Fire Safety

Evacuation & Shelter in Place Planning & Family Goals

Additional Resources for Emergency Planning and Response

Wrap Up & Post-Test Evaluation

Training Reflections and Action Planning

Family Videos

Family Story: Mental Health Crisis in the Emergency Room

Family Story: Medical Emergency in a Public Place

Family Story: Challenges with Admission to the Emergency Room without Ambulance Transport

Family Story: Medical Emergency in the Home

What the Emergency Responders Did Really Well in Emergency Situations

What Would Make Emergency Response Better for Your Child and Family

How to Establish Trust between EMS Responders, Parents, and Children

Impact of Geographic Setting (Urban, Rural, Suburban) on Emergency Response

Brief Ways to Communicate Child’s Needs from Parent to EMS Responder

What Do You Want All First Responders to Know

Uniqueness of Each Child with Complex Needs

Tools for Families and First Responders to Use

Addressing Mental Health Stigma in Emergency Response

Thank You to First Responders from Families

Building Trust in Emergencies

“Needs Work” Simulation Video [at 2:49 timestamp]

“Went Well” Simulation Video [at 6:15 timestamp]

This project is supported by HRSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number G31MC42488‐01‐00, Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health, $250,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.