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Disaster Management for children
Detail: The newly established National Commission on Children of Disasters reported that disaster planning fails to address the needs of children even though children constitute 25% of the nation’s population. The commission chairman Mark Shriver called for "a cohesive national strategy that addresses the unique needs of children and incorporates them into disaster plans."

The commission in its final report documents "seriously underfunded federal programs for school disaster preparedness," a lack of necessary coordination among federal, state and local agencies responsible for children, and a private health care system unprepared for the needs of children.

The report makes more than 100 recommendations, including development of a National Strategy on Children and Disasters. It calls for establishing permanent coordination points in Federal Emergency Management Agency regional offices and elsewhere to help children in disaster situations, and more funding for disaster planning in schools, child care centers and other facilities with children.

In addition, the report suggests creating a national system to track people evacuated from disaster areas in order to help reunite children with families as quickly as possible.
Source: Based on “Commission to call for better disaster planning for children” by Tom Cohen, October 5, 2010 Tuesday, CNN.com
Date: October 10 2010