Mississippi, Alabama Cited for Top Child Disaster Plans

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A report by the group Save the Children says Alabama and Mississippi are two of 12 states to meet four standards for protecting children during disasters.

The group judged states on whether they had plans for evacuating children in child care, children with special needs and children in school, as well as reuniting children with their families.

The 12 states are Alabama, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Malissa Valdes, public information specialist for the Alabama Department of Education, says that in 1999, the governor directed principals to develop a plan outlining how their schools would react to an emergency on campus.

She says local school boards are required to adopt safety plans for each school under their authority.

Click below to see more about the report, issued by Save the Children.


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  • by Citizen Location: Meridian on Jul 22, 2010 at 03:32 PM
    I am glad to know that Mississippi ranks ahead of other stats in something. I would like to see the entire list of 12. I am curious if all of these states mentioned as the best are in a place, like Mississippi and Alabama, are places that get a lot of bad weather.
  • by Anonymous Location: clarke,county on Jul 22, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    if mississippi was so good on the child diseater plan,why haven't anything been done about the child that drowned two months ago in clark county
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