Disaster Youth Trauma Informed Solutions
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A Recent FBI study reports "ACTIVE SHOOTER" incidents have tripled in recent years--with 29% of these attacks occurring at schools.
Parents and kids nowadays face new challenges that require preparedness and action!
- The average parent spent 5 hours organizing back to school supplies this summer versus 1 hour on emergency preparedness over the past year.
- 69 million children are separated from their parents every workday for an average of 9 hours and an average 18 minute trip away.
- 1 in 5 parents say their child's school or child care doesn't have their current contact info.
- 42% of parents don't know where to reunite with their child if their school or childcare center is evacuated.
- 67% of parents don't know if their child's school or child care practices emergency drills frequently.
- 49% of parents don't feel very prepared to protect their kids from disasters.
Source: Save the Children 2014 National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters. For more information or to read the entire report www.savethechildren.org/GetReady.
Children are not simply small adults
Children have unique vulnerabilities in disasters that must be addressed in disaster management activities and policies. For example:
- Children may experience long-lasting effects such as academic failure, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, bereavement, and other behavioral problems such as delinquency and substance abuse.
- Children are more susceptible to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats and require different medications, dosages, and delivery systems than adults.
- During disasters, young children may not be able escape danger, identify themselves, and make critical decisions.
- Children are dependent on adults for care, shelter, transportation, and protection from predators.
- Children are often away from parents, in the care of schools, child care providers, Head Start or other child congregate care environments, which must be prepared to ensure children’s safety.
- Children must be expeditiously reunified with their legal guardians if separated from them during a disaster.