Committee Adopts Payne Amendment to Protect Most Vulnerable in Times of Disaster

Oct 30, 2013 Issues: Local Issues, National Security

The Committee on Homeland Security marked up H.R. 1791, The Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, and adopted an amendment offered by Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. that would ensure that countermeasures are put in place to protect children in schools and childcare facilities as well as elderly individuals with disabilities and in low-income communities during a biological disaster. 

Rep. Payne, Jr. has long-championed efforts to protect our most vulnerable populations and highlighted his bill H.R., 3158, The SAFE in Our Schools Act, which would require states that apply for state homeland security grant funding to certify that their schools have emergency plans that meet the standards recommended in the 2010 Children in Disasters Report. 

Rep. Payne, Jr.'s SAFE in Our Schools Act has been endorsed by Save the Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Health Fund, Easter Seals, International Association of Emergency Medical Service Chiefs, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of School Psychologists, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and Trust for America’s Health.