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Report Finds States Unready for Disasters
A report by the international child-advocacy group Save the Children raises concerns that many U.S. institutions entrusted to protect children are not fully prepared to do so in the event of a disaster.
In its "National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters," the Westport, Conn.-based organization says that 33 states and the District of Columbia do not meet at least one of the disaster-preparedness standards. The four standards entail requiring childcare facilities to have plans for evacuating children; for assisting children with disabilities; for reuniting families; and for multihazard situations in K-12 schools. Five states—Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, and Montana—failed to meet any of the standards. Only 17 states require such emergency plans, the report found.
Vol. 32, Issue 03, Page 4Published in Print: September 12, 2012, as Report Finds States Unready for Disasters