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Report: Missouri lacks disaster plans for kids

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:34:45 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 05 2013 06:38:28 PM CDT
Joplin High School tornado

ABC News

Aerial view of Joplin High School (May 2011)


A new report released Wednesday shows that a majority of states, including Missouri, lack disaster plans for children.

The study from aid group Save the Children states Missouri is one of 28 states that do not require basic safety plans to protect children in school and childcare from disasters.

The other states are: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

After Hurricane Katrina exposed problems in the nation's disaster preparedness, the presidentially appointed National Commission on Children and Disaster issued final recommendations in 2010, calling on states to require K-12 schools to have comprehensive disaster preparedness plans and child care centers to have disaster plans for evacuation, family reunification and special needs students.

Idaho, Iowa, Kansas and Michigan do not require any of the four recommended plans, the study found, while D.C. and the remaining states each require one or more of them.

The study also says the lack of plans could endanger children's lives and make it harder for them.

However, Columbia public school officials told ABC 17 that this report is misleading. Several school districts in the state have gone above state requirements.

Columbia and Jefferson City public school districts both have several plans in place for crisis situations.


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