2014 U.S. Preparedness Map: Does Your State Protect Children in Disasters?

Disaster Preparedness for Children Do you have children? Do they attend day care or school away from home? Is the state you live in prepared to protect your children during a disaster scenario? The Save the Children non-governmental organization (NGO) has released a 2014 U.S. Preparedness Map that seeks to provide answers to this particular question. The interactive U.S. Preparedness Map webpage allows users to click on any of the 50 states to determine whether or not, “…your state protects children in disasters.” Each state is provided with a State Report Card that determines whether or not the state is satisfactory or unsatisfactory in the following 4 categories of disaster response and preparedness:

  • 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

The results of the nation-wide report card for all 50 states is eye-opening. Out of 50 states, 21 do not meet all 4 emergency preparedness and response standards required for the safety of our nation’s children. Lacking states include: Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia. In addition, the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., only met 3 out of 4 standards by receiving an unsatisfactory mark for, “a multi-hazard plan for all K-12 schools.” Of those 21 states, 2 states in particular – Iowa and Michigan – failed for meet the standards in all 4 categories on their respective State Report Cards.

If the current State Report Card for your state is alarming and you wish to take steps to protect your children during a disaster, make sure to check out the What are You Waiting For? page on the Save the Children website. View statistics, Take the pledge! to receive full access to Save the Children’s 2014 Disaster Report Card, and download Disaster and Emergency Resources for Parents.

 

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