• Recommendation 6.3: HHS should require disaster preparedness capabilities for Head Start Centers and basic disaster mental health training for staff.

7. Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Recommendation 7.1: Congress and federal agencies should improve the preparedness of schools and school districts by providing additional support to states.
  • Recommendation 7.2: Congress and the Department of Education should enhance the ability of school personnel to support children who are traumatized, grieving, or otherwise recovering from a disaster.
  • Recommendation 7.3: Ensure that school systems recovering from disasters are provided immediate resources to reopen and restore the learning environment in a timely manner and provide support for displaced students and their host schools.

8. Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

  • Recommendation 8.1: Ensure that state and local child welfare agencies adequately prepare for disasters.
  • Recommendation 8.2: Ensure that state and local juvenile justice agencies and all residential treatment, correctional, and detention facilities that house children adequately prepare for disasters.
  • Recommendation 8.3: HHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) should ensure that juvenile, dependency, and other courts hearing matters involving children adequately prepare for disasters.

9. Sheltering Standards, Services, and Supplies

  • Recommendation 9.1: Government agencies and non-governmental organizations should provide a safe and secure mass care shelter environment for children, including access to essential services and supplies.

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