This document is the final interim report by the National Commission on Children and Disasters regarding steps that the country needs to take to protect children in the event of disasters in the United States. This report includes comments made by emergency management practitioners and the general public on a draft interim report on this topic which the Commission released in September 2009. "The National Commission on Children and Disasters was created by Congress to conduct a comprehensive study that examines and assesses the needs of children as they relate to preparation for, response to and recovery from all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies, and submit a report to the President and Congress on the Commission's specific findings, conclusions and recommendations. The recommendations contained in this Interim Report fall within the following categories: Disaster Management and Recovery, Mental Health, Child Physical Health and Trauma, Emergency Medical Services and Pediatric Transport, Disaster Case Management, Child Care, Elementary and Secondary Education, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice, Sheltering Standards, Services and Supplies, Housing, and Evacuation."
National Commission on Children and Disasters: http://www.childrenanddisasters.acf.hhs.gov/