Children represent nearly 25 percent of our population. Consider that on any given weekday, 6.7 million children are in schools and child care, a time when children are most vulnerable because they are away from their families. Yet, only a handful of States require basic school evacuation and family reunification plans. The Strategic National Stockpile, intended to provide the public with medicine and medical supplies in the event of a public health emergency, is woefully under-stocked with medical countermeasures for children. This book examines existing capabilities that can and should be built upon to integrate children into preparedness, planning, response, and recovery. Meeting the needs of children in disaster planning and management is a national responsibility lacking not only sufficient funding, but also a pervasive concern, a sustained will to act, and a unifying force.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 National Commission on Children and Disasters: 2010 Report to the President and Congress 1
Chapter 2 Children and Disasters: The Role of HHS in Evacuation Planning and Mental Health Recovery Statement of Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H. Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response RADM, U.S. Public Health Service U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 131
Chapter 3 Statement of the Honorable Craig Fugate, FEMA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Hearing on "Focus on Children in Disasters: Evacuation Planning and Mental Health Recovery" 139
Chapter 4 Safeguarding Children in the Aftermath of and Recovery from Catastrophic Disasters: What We Need To Do Now, Testimony before the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs United States Senate, August 4, 2009, Honorable Mary Landrieu, Chair, Honorable Lindsey Graham, Ranking Member 145