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A National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters: Is America Prepared to Protect Out Most Vulnerable Children in Emergencies (2012)

Save the Children

January 1, 2012

Save the Children commissioned Brown Buckley Tucker (BBT) to determine how well-prepared child care
facilities and K–12 schools are to respond to the needs of children in the event of natural disasters and
emergencies, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, or industrial accidents, which can occur at any time, including
during school hours. BBT researched the child care licensing laws and regulations for all 50 states and the
District of Columbia to determine whether they included the standards considered essential for disaster
planning in schools and child care facilities. Since the initial research, the number of states that meet all four
standards has increased from four in 2008 to 17 in 2012.