Most parts of Arizona are assumed to be safe from desert storms such as the haboob and annual monsoon season. This year was an exception. Heavy rainfall this monsoon season caused tremendous damage to roads, homes, cars and public property causing governing officials to review Arizonaâ€™s disaster plan and insurance policies.
More than property damage, Arizonans are worried of their childrenâ€™s safety during such weather hazards.
According to the recent study performed by Save the Children, Arizona amongst other states were declared as unsafe and underprepared for natural disasters.
The report is titled â€œWhat Are You Waiting For?â€ focuses on how children in public schools are safe from natural disasters as well as shootings at schools.
The study also revealed the fact that 69 percent of parents have automatically assumed that their childâ€™s school has an appropriate plan handy in state of an emergency. Unfortunately, thatâ€™s not always the case.
â€œThis report is a wake-up call,â€ said Kathy Spangler, Save the Childrenâ€™s vice president of U.S. programs. â€œAmerican parents say theyâ€™re concerned about risks their children face from school shootings and natural disaster. Yet, our poll also shows most parents know little about emergency plans at their childâ€™s school or child care, and that they are failing to take basic actions to protect kids at home.â€ The criteria used to grade stateâ€™s disaster plan is as follows:
– A plan for evacuating children in child care. – A plan for reuniting families after a disaster. – A plan for children with disabilities and those with access and functional needs. – A multi-hazard plan for all K-12 schools.
â€œEvery workday, 68 million children are separated from their parents,â€ Carolyn Miles, Save the Childrenâ€™s president and CEO, said in a statement with the groupâ€™s annual disaster report card. â€œWe owe it to these children to protect them before the next disaster strikes.â€
According to azfamily.com, Arizona meets three of the grading criteria, but thereâ€™s a lot more work that needs to be done.