Nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina, federal action means 19 lagging states will finally require plans at all child care centers
Fairfield, Connecticut, USA - Nearly a decade after Hurricane Katrina showed the nation how vulnerable children are to disaster, basic emergency planning standards for child-care providers will finally be required in every state. Unwilling to wait longer for lagging states to act, Congress included three child-care disaster planning standards tracked annually by Save the Children in the bipartisan Child Care Development Block Grant Re-authorization Act of 2014. Today, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law, instituting new educational, safety and health standards for child-care providers across the country.
Save the Children’s 2014 Disaster Report Card showed that 19 states still fail to meet all three child care emergency planning standards, which are based on recommendations of the National Commission on Children in Disasters formed after Hurricane Katrina.
The standards are that states require all child-care providers to have 1) evacuation/relocation plans, 2) family-child reunification plans and 3) emergency plans for children with special needs.