REPORT: Michigan schools & day care centers not well prepared for emergencies

(WXYZ) - When it comes to preparing schools and child care centers for the worst, Michigan is not making the grade according to a new report.

The report, published by Save the Children, graded states on four categories: having a plan for evacuating child care centers, having a plan for reuniting families after a disaster, having a plan for kids with disabilities and having a multi-hazard plan for all K through 12 schools.

Michigan was one of the few states in the country that was given an "unsatisfactory" grade in all four categories.

Across the country, 21 states, including Michigan, don't require all schools and child care centers to have an emergency plan, according to the report.

According to a separate poll conducted by Save the Children, nearly 70 percent of parents don't know if their child's school practices emergency drills frequently and 42 percent don't know where to meet up with their child if their school or child care center is evacuated.

Save the Children hopes their report will encourage more parents to get involved with preparedness plans and find out what emergency procedures are in place at their child's school or child care center.
 

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