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The Disaster Decade: Lessons Unlearned for the United States June 2009

The Disaster Decade: Lessons Unlearned for the United States June 2009

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THE DISASTER DECADE — the catastrophic events that defined the last ten years — changed America and the world forever.
Here at home, we struggled to prepare for and respond to unforeseen security threats: natural, manmade, health and economic. As we did so, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens were left even more vulnerable by a disaster relief system that didn’t address their needs.
THE DISASTER DECADE — the catastrophic events that defined the last ten years — changed America and the world forever.
Here at home, we struggled to prepare for and respond to unforeseen security threats: natural, manmade, health and economic. As we did so, our youngest and most vulnerable citizens were left even more vulnerable by a disaster relief system that didn’t address their needs.

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THE DISASTER DECADE
SEpTEmbER 11, 2001 TERRoR ATTACkS In nEw YoRk, wASHIngTon DC & pEnnSYlvAnIA kIll 3,017 pEoplE AnD InjuRE 6,291oCTobER 2, 2001 FIRST oF SEvEn AnTHRAx lETTERS DISCovERED, EvEnTuAllY kIllIng FIvE pEoplE In DEADlIEST bIologICAl wEApon ATTACk In AmERICAn HISToRYoCTobER 25, 2003 CAlIFoRnIA CEDAR FIRE IgnITES, DESTRoYIng 2,232 HomES AnD REgISTERIng AS woRST CAlIFoRnIA wIlDFIRE To DATEmARCH 21, 2005 RED lAkE, mInnESoTA HIgH SCHool STuDEnT kIllS TEn STuDEnTS, InCluDIng HImSElFAuguST 29, 2005 HuRRICAnE kATRInA STRIkES gulF CoAST, kIllIng 1,836 AmERICAnS AnD DISplACIng onE mIllIon moREApRIl 16, 2007 STuDEnT kIllS 32 FEllow STuDEnTS AnD InjuRES 23 AT vIRgInIA TECHAuguST 1, 2007 CollApSE oF I-35w bRIDgE In mInnEApolIS kIllS 13 AnD InjuRES 100FEbRuARY 5, 2008 DEADlIEST ToRnADoES In 20 YEARS kIll 57 pEoplESEpTEmbER 13, 2008 HuRRICAnE IkE mAkES lAnDFAll In THE unITED STATES, FlooDIng 100,000 HomES In TExASDECEmbER 1, 2008 woRST RECESSIon SInCE 1930S oFFICIAllY DEClARED, 5.7 mIllIon jobS loSTjunE 11, 2009 H1n1 InFluEnzA vIRuS DEClARED FIRST pAnDEmIC In 41 YEARS
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ERRoR ATTACkSA
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THE DISASTER DECADE — thecatastrhic eets that defedthe ast te years — chaedAerica ad the rd reer.
There are 67 ii chidre i Aericaschs ad chid care aciities at ay ieit  a eeday. Chidre are sterae he they are aay r theiraiies. I a disaster stries, it’s crciathat arets are ae t qicy reite iththeir chidre i a sae ace. Ater katria,it t  t si ths t reiy sechidre ith their aiies. o a 50 statesad the District  Cia, Sae the Chi-dre d that:14%  states eet a r asic
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eerecy rearedess stadards ricesed chid care aciities ad k – 12schs.41% reqire a icesed chid care
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aciities t hae a ritte eacatiad recati a.29% reqire a icesed chid care
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aciities t hae a ritte a t tiyarets dri a eerecy.22% reqire a ritte a r acc-
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dati a chidre ith seciaeeds dri a eerecy eacatiad recati.
H a hm,  u  a f a  uf uy ha: aua, mama, hah am. A   , u yu a m uabz  f  m uab by a a fym ha ’ a h .
CHIlDREn InSCHoolS oR CHIlDCARE ARE AT RISkkIDS ARE InvISIblEDuRIng DISASTERRElIEF EFFoRTS
whe rced t eacate r their hes,ay ee—articary the r—hae chice t t tr t eerecy she-ters. urtatey, r atia sheterisyste des’t adeqatey acct r theiqe eeds  chidre, ai theerae t iry ad ase.Chidre are y seties cted
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searatey r adts i sheteraciities, ai it difct t rideserices that eet the secifc eeds chidre ad ee the sae.Sheters rarey ee aiies searated
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r the rest  the ati, aiids erae t ase, iece adee rae.Cicted se eders are y ased
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t se rert he eteri a sheter.Fi Hrricae Ie, it as rertedthat at e sheter ae, 35 se ed-ers se rerted. It’s iey that ayre did’t rert, ai chidre ithe sheter eseciay erae.
 
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A Five-point plAntowArd positivecHAnge
da a k a ay mm. naua aah,h ha f m, hah ha a h a u uaba. th a   a ak ha  a  ay a mak u ha a a’ ma h ’ bm a a    h.
Estaish natia Disaster prearedess Stadards r Chid Care Ceters1.ad SchsEstaish a ofce  Chidre’s Adcacy at FEmA2.T Esre Chid Care Faciites Ca Reid ad Restre Serices mre3.Qicy Fi a Disaster, mae the Eiie r Federa Disaster AidEstaish a white Hse Cissi  the Eects  the Recessi 4.ChidreCreate a Federa pic Aareess Caai t Edcate Faiies at5.prtecti Chidre Dri Disasters
SAvE THE CHIlDREn’S u.S. pRogRAmS rs e  the stiatie ad rst riate disaster rras r chidre i theuited States. or teas are  the rd ere, dri adater ar eets t esre the saety ad e-ei  chidrei sheters, as e as recery r the ca cities. we asadcate r icy chaes at the ca, state ad edera ee.
oe i 33 Aericas is aci rec-
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sre, hich eas aiies are rcedt de  ith aiy eers, et cheaer hsi, r rse, heesssheters.A chae i he te eas a chae
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i sch as e, ad researchers haed that he ids chae schs,hih sch radati rates are redcedy 50 ercet.Hsitas acrss the ctry hae see
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a recet sie i chid ase, ch hich they attrite t the stress  ai-ies’ facia difcties: the er cases screeed rse 20 ercet atbst’s Chidre’s Hsita. At SeatteChidre’s Hsita the er  c-fred cases rse 27 ercet.Sice je 2008, d assistace
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reqests hae rise y as ch as 40ercet, ad d rras hae eerced t tr aay ee h arehry.Dri the crret recessi, eidece is ti that chidre are ei hared y theseris ecic eects  aiies.

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