Natural disasters
10:57 am
Tue September 2, 2014

MI kids not protected by disaster plan

LANSING, MI (AP)--   An aid group says Michigan doesn't require a basic safety plan to protect children in school and child care from disasters. 

Save the Children on Tuesday released its 2014 National Report Card on Protecting Children in Disasters.

After Hurricane Katrina exposed problems in the nation's disaster preparedness, the presidentially appointed National Commission on Children and Disaster issued final recommendations in 2010. It called on states to require K-12 schools to have comprehensive disaster preparedness plans and child care centers to have disaster plans for evacuation, family reunification and special needs students.

According to the Save the Children study, Michigan and Iowa do not require any of the four recommended plans.