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Reunification After a Community-Wide Disaster: Planning Tools for Schools

Event Date: May 31, 2018


  • Cindy Atkins, Mass Care/Emergency Assistance, Federal Emergency Management Agency;
  • Sharon Hawa, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children;
  • Madeline Sullivan, Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), U.S. Department of Education (ED); and
  • Dr. Paul Myers, Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center.



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Duration: 1 hour

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On Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, ED’s OSHS and REMS TA Center hosted a Webinar on how K-12 schools and school districts can better prepare for reunification after a community-wide disaster.

Presenters discussed issues related to minors being separated from their parents or legal guardians after a large emergency or disaster; planning for reunification, including integrating plans related to children with disabilities or access and functional needs; and resources that schools, school districts, and their community partners can use to facilitate reunification, such as the National Emergency Child Locator Center and Unaccompanied Minors Registry.

The Webinar included a PowerPoint presentation. Following the presentation, the presenters answered participant questions in a Question and Answer session and a Community of Practice Web Chat.

This Webinar recording is played back through Adobe Connect using an Internet connection.