Save the Children, the international children’s aid charity, says that a decade after the September 11 terrorist attacks, most states are unprepared to protect children in an emergency, lacking plans for evacuating day care facilities and schools, reunifying families, or protecting children with special needs.
The study found that 34 states lack plans to take care of youngsters of any age. Twenty-one states don’t require child-care facilities to draft an evacuation plan. Twenty-two don’t require the facilities to outline how they will reunite families. Nine states don’t require elementary and high schools to adopt disaster plans.
Only six states have plans that the charity says guarantee children will get the care they need in a disaster.