Report offers national approach to reuniting children/families in disaster

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A new report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children proposes a coordinated national approach to reunifying children separated from their parents or legal guardians in a large-scale disaster. “The planning assumptions, roles, concepts of operations, relevant authorities and other resources included in this document may help to facilitate the coordination and integration of efforts across the whole community in reunifying unaccompanied minors with their parents, legal guardians and families in the aftermath of a disaster,” the report concludes. “Local and state jurisdictions are encouraged to use this document to inform reunification planning, customizing the assumptions and processes outlined here as appropriate for their situations and needs.” In addition, NCMEC recently launched the first national registry for reporting information on children separated from their parents or guardians in a disaster.

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