TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A national assessment questions how safe kids are in Kansas schools and day-cares. The report ranks Kansas second to last for child safety standards.
Governor Brownback declared September National Preparedness month, but the group "Save The Children" issued a national report card that says child safety in Kansas fails to meet basic measures.
Disasters in Kansas can strike quickly.
"We just want everybody to be safe," says Meghan Spreer from American Red Cross in Topeka.
But children living in Kansas may not be as safe as they should be.
The 2013 National Disaster Report from the group Save The Children ranked Kansas second to last among all 50 states.
The ranking stunned not only Red Cross representatives, but also Governor Brownback and Kansas legislators
"I am shocked! Kansas is prone to tornadoes, we see those every season," says Spreer.
"Nobody wants to be 49th out of 50th," says Vicki Schmidt, State Senator.
"We need to improve and we need to get better," says Governor Brownback.
The report says Kansas missed the mark on all 4 of its requirements: that all child centers have an evacuation plan, a family reunification plan, a plan for children with special needs and that all schools have a disaster plan for multiple hazards.
"I think the issue is expanding the view screen from schools to more daycare facilities which our focus as a state has primarily been in the school aged children," says Governor Brownback.
While they may disagree with the final ranking, both the Red Cross and the Governor say we should take its message seriously.
"The best thing to do is be prepared. That's what we have been preaching, preaching, preaching. And then making a kit, whether it's a small kit, make sure you have food and water," says Spreer.
"We gotta keep kids safe, and we need to do everything we can to keep kids safe," says Governor Brownback.
28 states in all didn't meet save the children's standards requirements.