Alabama leading way for protecting children in emergencies

Alabama meets four critical safety standards for making certain schools and child care centers are prepared to protect children should disaster strike.

A new survey by Save the Children's U.S. Programs shows only Alabama and 16 other states require the basic emergency preparedness regulations for both child care facilities and schools.

The fifth annual National Report Card on Protecting Children During Disasters assess all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four basic safety standards. The standards include: (1) all regulated child care settings have written plans for evacuation and relocation (2) written plan for family reunification following an emergency (3) specific plan to assist children with disabilities and (4) all k-12 schools to have a written plan accounting for a variety of different disasters and emergencies.

Since the days after the spring storms of 2011, Save the Children's U.S. Programs have been working closely with communities across northern Alabama to help them meet children's needs. To-date, the organization has raised more than $780,000 for disaster recovery work in Alabama.