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An Escape Plan For All Schools

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
September 20, 2013

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Congressman Donald Payne Jr. is introducing legislation that would require schools nationwide to have emergency preparedness plans in case of disaster.

The bill, dubbed the Safe In Our Schools Act, would require states that apply for Homeland Security Program funding to certify that all school have emergency plans in place. Congressman Payne says the legislation comes from recent disasters including the Connecticut school shootings and Hurricane Sandy. As part of the legislation all schools and daycare centers would have to be to be mapped out. He points to recent tornadoes in Oklahoma.

“People at the day care centers said the first responders just drove right past because they didn’t realize they were there and there were numbers and numbers of children that needed help and adults as well.”

Payne says the bill benefits all children in the nation and shouldn’t be a partisan issue.

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