JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods. When disaster strikes, Emergency Preparedness Planner Alex Pellom said kids are always a priority.
He said, "We work closely with the school board. We work closely with the American Red Cross and other agencies, like DCF, who deal with some of the state statutes."
Pellom said the state has laws requiring schools and day cares to have emergency plans. And a new study by a group called "Save the Children" gave Florida a passing grade for that.
But the study also showed there's room for improvement when it comes to evacuating children in child care, especially those with disabilities.
Pellom said, "There's a lot of different things that can happen after a major storm. We've been a little lucky with the way we've been able to go, so we haven't had to practice recovery very much."
He said local agencies follow state law. The study suggests the laws could be stronger. One thing both sides can agree on is the best disaster plan is made at home.
Pellom said, "If you have children in child care facilities, make sure you know where that reunification point is. Make sure you know where they're going to go. Whether it be a fire, a terrorist event, flooding -- (have) an all-hazards approach to know what's going on with you and your family."
To read the complete study, click here