Friday, July 31, 2015

DC fails in disaster preparedness for kids. Again.

D.C., Virginia Lack Protections For Children In Event Of Disaster, Report Says recaps the latest children and disaster report from Save the Children, Get Ready. Get Safe. 2015 Disaster Report.   WAMU's Ashley Dejean reports,
D.C. and three states aren't doing enough for grade school students, according to Save the Children. The group says the District doesn't have what emergency management officials call a "multi-hazard plan" that's mandatory for all schools.

Unfortunately, not much has changed over the years in DC.   Save the Children has, since 2008, criticized the District for not ensuring children are protected when they are with someone other than their parents, such as when they are in school or childcare.

How safe will the District's children be when disaster strikes? was written in 2010.   How safe would DC's kids be in a disaster? was written in 2013 about the 2013 report.   And Save the Children emergency preparedness report findings: government and parents need to do more was written in 2014.

But the report does show progress in many states.   The image on the right (see page 13 of the report (PDF)) shows that while only four states met the four minimum standards in 2008; 32 states meet the four minimum standards today.

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