Unfortunately with school tragedies and natural disasters on the rise, we need to have basic plans in place to keep our kids safe. Hurricane Katrina illustrated how poorly we were prepared as a nation to deal with large-scale disasters. We need to pay special attention to the most vulnerable members of society, our kids.
Save the Children staff member at the shelter in the Atlantic City Convention Center, Save the Children.
Save the Children found only 4 states with satisfactory plans in place to protect kids during a disaster when it started grading states in 2008. 5 years later, there are now 22 states that make the grade. That’s good progress but it also means 28 states plus the District of the Columbia are still failing.
What basic measures does Save the Children look for when determining if a state is prepared to protect children in the even of a disaster?
- A plan for evacuating children in child care.
- A plan for reuniting families after a disaster
- A plan for children with disabilities and those with access and functional needs.
- A multi-hazard plan for all k-12 schools.
Will your state be ready when a disaster happens?
Check your state’s report card and see if they make the grade.
Unfortunately I am not surprised that Arizona did not score satisfactory in all 4 categories.
There are a few things everyone can do to help.
- Tell your governor to keep kids safe – Save the Children makes it easy to send an email to your state government.
- Spread the word via social media. You can follow Save the Children on Twitter and Facebook.
- Donate now to help children affected by disasters.
- Stay informed. Read the full disaster report card and sign up for the e-newsletter.
- Download checklist posters that tell both parents and child care professionals what they need to know to Get Ready Get Safe and what to have on hand in case of emergency.
I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health. Photos courtesy of Opportunity International.
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