Focusing on Children and Disasters: Evacuation Planning and Mental Health Recovery, Hearing Before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, August 4, 2009   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Mary L. Landrieu: "The Subcommittee's objective today is to evaluate the very special needs of children during the preparedness, response, and recovery phases of disaster and the extent to which our current planning and programs either meet or fail to meet these special needs. We are focusing on children and their needs for several reasons. First, children in most families are the focal point, and parents who cannot find an available school, a day care center, or access to health care for their children may be forced to relocate after a disaster or, worse in some ways, be forced to stay out of the workforce when they are actually badly needed to help rebuild their communities, starting with their own homes, businesses, and places of worship. [...] The second reason we are focusing on children here today is that children are a vulnerable population with unique needs that require special planning to address, but in my view, they have not received the same level of attention that some other populations, whether it be the adult homeless or the disabled or the elderly generally. A broader goal of this hearing is to encourage the Nation to consider the mental well-being of the community as a key indicator of recovery, every bit as important as the restoration of infrastructure, housing, and the return of the economic tax base." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mary L. Landrieu, Robert F. Bennett, Craig Fugate, Nicole Lurie, Cynthia A. Bascetta, Mark Shriver, Irwin Redlener, and Teri Fontenot.

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S. Hrg. 111-313; Senate Hearing 111-313
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