The Research Counts series was established in 2017 with the intent to share rigorous and actionable research findings with policy makers, practitioners, and others who work to reduce the harm and suffering from disasters. In 2019, with the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Natural Hazards Center team had the opportunity to work with talented authors from a range of disciplines to create this Special Collection on Children and Disasters.

We would like to acknowledge the time and effort that the authors dedicated to this process and their willingness to condense their ideas and findings into short, digestible articles. We know it’s never an easy task to reduce complex research in this way, but we hope that readers will find these brief pieces meaningful and that the findings can be moved into action.

We are thankful for the partnership of Amy Wolkin, senior advisor for at-risk populations, and Tracy N. Thomas, senior health scientist, who are both in the Center for Preparedness and Response at the CDC. Wolkin and Thomas are smart, focused, and dedicated to evidence-informed practice. Their expertise strengthened this Special Collection considerably, and their suggestions for improvement will have a lasting impact on the Research Counts series.

Russ Paulsen, a long-time emergency management specialist and the recently appointed chief operating officer at UsAgainst Alzheimer’s, also helped advise the production of this collection. At every turn, Paulsen worked to ensure that the implications for public health practitioners and emergency managers were clear. His commitment to getting the research that is often hidden behind journal paywalls into the hands of those who need it most is inspiring.

Finally, we appreciate you reading this collection. Children make up nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population, and they are 100 percent of our future. Thank you for taking this research and making it count.

Special Collection Citation: Breeden, J., Peek, L., &, Adams, R. M., eds. (2019). Research Counts, Volume 3, Special Collection on Children and Disasters. Boulder, CO: Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder.

If you have questions about Research Counts, please contact Jolie Breeden at or Lori Peek at

This Special Collection on Children and Disasters is supported by supplemental funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CDC, NSF, or Natural Hazards Center.