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Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response

National Commission on Children and Disasters

2010 Report to the President and Congress

The National Commission on Children and Disasters is an independent, bipartisan body established by Congress and the President to identify gaps in the Nation's disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for children and make recommendations to close the gaps. The commission was established under the Kids in Disasters Wellbeing, Safety, and Health Act of 2007.

In its October 2009 Interim Report, the Commission found serious deficiencies in the state of emergency preparedness for children. The 2010 Report to the President and Congress builds on the findings and recommendations in that Report.

The Commission examined and assessed the needs of children in relation to the preparation for, response to, and recovery from all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies. The Commission reports findings and recommendations relating to: child physical health, mental health, and trauma; child care in all settings; child welfare; elementary and secondary education; sheltering, temporary housing, and affordable housing; transportation; juvenile justice; evacuation; and relevant activities in emergency management.

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Executive Summary
1. Disaster Management and Recovery
2. Mental Health
3. Child Physical Health and Trauma
4. Emergency Medical Services and Pediatric Transport
5. Disaster Case Management
6. Child Care and Early
7. Elementary and Secondary Education
8. Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
9. Sheltering Standards, Services, and Supplies
10. Housing
11. Evacuation
   Appendix A. Study Approach
   Appendix B. Index to Recommendations and Responsible Entities
   Appendix C. Model Executive Order or Resolution Creating a "Cabinet on Children and Disasters and Children and Disasters Advisory Council"
   Appendix D. Children and Disasters: the Role of State and Local Governments in Protecting This Vulnerable Population
   Appendix E. Standards and Indicators for Disaster Shelter Care for Children
   Appendix F. Supplies for Infants and Toddlers in Mass Care Shelters and Emergency Congregate Care Facilities
   Appendix G. Subcommittee Members and Other Contributors
   Appendix H. Stakeholder Outreach
   Appendix I. Commissioner Biographies
   Appendix J. Commission and Project Staff

The 2010 Report to the President and Congress was produced with funding from the National Commission on Children and Disasters. The report was prepared under an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) contract to Abt Associates (Contract No. 290-06-00011-10).

The opinions expressed in this report are those of the National Commission on Children and Disasters and do not reflect the official position of AHRQ, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This document is in the public domain and may be used and reprinted without permission except those copyrighted materials noted for which further reproduction is prohibited without the specific permission of copyright holders.

AHRQ Publication No. 10-M037
Current as of October 2010

Internet Citation:

National Commission on Children and Disasters. 2010 Report to the President and Congress. AHRQ Publication No. 10-M037, October 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.