Generating a report card for each state, Save the Children weighed each state based on four criteria, granting either a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" mark. The four criteria measured whether each state had a plan or provision in place to meet the following needs:
- A plan for evacuating children in child care.
A plan for reuniting families after a disaster.
A plan for children with disabilities and those with access and functional needs.
A multi-hazard plan for all K-12 schools.
Save the Children built the map and state report cards as a push for their online petition to rectify the lack of these preparedness measures. By signing the petition, users are granted full access to the National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters, including other interesting data finds.
According to Save the Children's data, approximately 54% of U.S. families have been affected by some type of disaster including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding, fires and school shootings. Save the Children also reports that parents are far more concerned about school shootings than they are natural disasters.
The following states passed all four criteria:
Any state not listed above was missing one or more of Save The Children's criteria for child preparedness. Check out the map here to find which states didn't pass.
How well did your state do? Are you concerned at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.