Idaho, one of four states without nationaly mandated evacuation plan

Idaho, one of four states without nationaly mandated evacuation plan

A report from, "Save the Children" states that Idaho is one of four states that doesn't require an emergency safety plan in case of a disaster.

However, after contacting the Idaho Department of Education and several school districts in Boise, it is clear that Boise is not lacking in a disaster plan.

Researchers from "Save the Children" looked at four guidelines when determining which state have disaster plans in place for schools, which are evacuation protocols, ways to reunite students with family members, specialized procedures for children with disabilities, and a way of dealing with all different disasters.

Idaho, Iowa, Kansas and Michigan are the only four states that did not make the list.

The Department of Education says Idaho does have safety procedures, which include evacuations.

In Idaho, it's up to the individual districts to come up with the policies and procedures they put in place.
    
"When it comes to our emergency response plans there's no doubt that focus and continual review is going to be the best way to make sure we're offering the safest and securest environment for our students and staff," said Dan Hollar, Boise schools spokesman.

 Boise and Meridian school spokespeople say they meet all national standards, even if it's not required of them. BOISE AND MERIDIAN SCHOOLS SAY THEY MEET ALL THE NATIONAL STANDARDS.

"To be safe in a school is very important, if students don't feel safe, they can never begin to learn," said Nick Smith, principal of Lowell Elementary. "So that's one of our number one priorities, is to make sure students feel like it's a comfortable environment, where they're safe and sound."

IDAHO, IOWA, KANSAS AND MICHIGAN ARE THE ONLY FOUR STATES THAT DID NOT MAKE THE LIST.

     THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS IDAHO DOES HAVE SAFETY PROCEDURES WHICH INCLUDE EVACUATIONS. 
 
     IN IDAHO, IT IS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS TO COME UP THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THEY PUT IN PLACE.
    
     "when it comes to our emergency response plans there's no doubt that focus and continual review is going to be the best way to make sure we're offering the safest and securest environment for our students and staff."

The National Commission on Children and Disaster was started by President George W. Bush after Hurricane Katrina.