A National Report Card on Protecting Children during Disasters

Almost five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and displaced over 160,000 Louisiana and Mississippi kids, a new report reveals that the vast majority of states are still not fully prepared to protect children in disasters.

The report is the second disaster preparedness report released by Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. The 2010 year report found that 38 states and the District of Columbia did not meet all four basic standards, and seven states met zero. Only 12 states meet all four standards, including Mississippi and Alabama, which is five more than in the 2009 report.

To view this report, go to the Save the Children web site.