Emergency response plans often fail to address the specific needs of children and their families before, during and after disasters. Children’s institutions such as childcare centers and schools are left out of the equation, and may not have the resources and capacity to provide safe, non-traumatic sheltering and displacement management services which include family re-unification planning.
Building a Community-based Model, with the Community
At the end of the three-year period, NCDP and Save the Children will have developed a replicable model of child-focused community resilience planning that can be brought to national scale. Furthermore, national thought leaders and key government agencies will have a data-set of critical procedures, trainings and planning guidance that, if effectively implemented, will make communities better able to protect and care for its most vulnerable members, its children, and therefore more resilient in the face of natural or man-made disaster. Read the RCRC Fact Sheet (Spanish) for more information about the initiative.
This project will establish:
- Pilot programs in two counties – Washington County, Arkansas, and Putnam County, New York – where Community Resilience Coalitions (CRC) focused on children will be convened and will develop a sustainable, child-focused action plan to build community resilience, forming the basis of a practical, scalable model. Impact will be informed and measured using the Community Preparedness Index (CPI), an evidence-based measure of community preparedness previously developed by Save the Children in collaboration with NCDP.
- A National Children’s Resilience Leadership Board (NCRLB) will be established, composed of public officials, thought leaders, and innovators from the public and private sectors. The purpose of this group will be to promote awareness and visibility for work that aims to increase the resilience of children at the community level, and advocate for policies that facilitate this at a national level.