The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative

The partnership will guide participating communities through a crisis simulation, and help them develop a sustainable, child-focused action plan. Impact will be measured using the Community Preparedness Index (CPI), an evidence-based measure of community preparedness previously developed by Save the Children in collaboration with National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

This unique initiative will identify and replicate best practices in preparing organizations that serve children at the community level.

Jeff Schlegelmilch, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

The initiative will form a National Children Resilience Board that will identify national policies and programs that can serve as vehicles for improving preparedness for children nationally. The initiative will also launch a national outreach campaign to educate localities nationwide on how to better care for children following disasters.

“This unique initiative will identify and replicate best practices in preparing organizations that serve children at the community level” says Jeff Schlegelmilch, the Project Director and the Managing Director for Strategic Planning and Operations at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. “This initiative’s approach of integrating private sector resources with the expertise of academia and non-profits to support sustainable community preparedness is a game-changer in the way we prepare for disasters nationally.”