Oh, I think this is a thing for me to reply to. I know about external disasters, as I live in lower Louisiana, and the hurricane season is a doozy. I know every nurse, administration, CNAs, and ancillary staff is on call. I was called in for hurricane George, and had to move the patients we absolutley could not discharge, to other hospitals. (Because our hospital was evacuated.) Our staff then reported to the other hospitals while we spent days there. We were well compensated, (we were paid our hourly rate for 24 hours, even if we worked 8 hours.) We ended up staying 3 days before our hospital reopened. After the disaster,there were SO many controversies regarding who went and who got to stay with their families, MANY nurses had big issues. At the time, I was a single nurse, without children, and went to help. Now, my circumstances are different. My husband is a captian fireman, and is to report to duty, regardless of any family life. (Especially since 9/11).Therefore, I am the only one to care now, for my 3 children, and all has changed. I hope if another disaster takes place, my administration takes in to consideration my circumstances. However, I do want to do my part, in any way I can, even if it means bringing my children to the hospital. Now I think my hospital has implemented a plan to be able to bring children in case of emergencies, and have set up nurses, rotating shifts, to care care for the little ones.