AASA Statement on Save the Children’s Annual Disaster Report Card

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 4, 2013 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement upon the sixth annual National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters released today by Save the Children.

“According to the report, nearly 30 states and the District of Columbia are not meeting the minimum child-safety measures recommended by the National Commission on Children and Disasters. The report also observes that some states do not require schools to have a disaster plan that addresses multiple types of hazards.

“Despite these findings, AASA has generated positive outcomes over the past year following natural tragedies. For example, only days after Hurricane Sandy struck the nation’s eastern seaboard, our Children’s Programs engineered outreach and relief efforts to assist districts, schools and families in the hardest hit areas. As the result of working with AASA members, school districts and more than 100 donors, we raised more than $20,000 in cash and $50,000 worth of donated school supplies and other items such as blankets and cleaning supplies.

“In the wake of a tornado that swept through an Oklahoma City suburb last spring, we delivered a check worth more than $12,000 to Moore Public Schools at the start of the 2013-14 school year. AASA’s Children’s Programs administered this initiative as well.

“The report released today indicates there is work to be done when it comes to protecting the safety of our children following tragedies. At the same time, we’re grateful to the national network of resources we’ve turned to following these tragic events.

“AASA hopes its work in crisis response goes untested. In instances of necessity, we remain committed to helping the nation’s schools and the students they serve emerge from tragedies to bolster stronger disaster plans at local and state levels.”

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