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Published on Dec 10, 2009
Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery, held a hearing on Thursday, December 10, entitled Children and Disasters: A Progress Report on Addressing Needs. The purpose of the hearing was to evaluate the Interim Report released on October 14, 2009 by the National Commission on Children and Disasters and the status of administrative and legislative efforts to implement its recommendations.
The report identifies shortcomings in disaster preparedness, response and recovery and outlines steps to better address the needs of children throughout each phase.
Louisiana Superintendent Paul Pastorek testified before the hearing to discuss Emergency Impact Aid provided to schools that were able to take in students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Mr. Pastorek also shared lessons learned from the 2005 hurricanes and discussed the need for school districts to develop crisis management programs and electronic data systems with information about students and teachers.