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Children's Safety Neglected on Terror Front, Experts Say

The nation is not prepared to protect and treat children in the event of a terrorist attack, child health and safety experts said Thursday as they concluded a conference in Washington. “The possibility of large numbers of children in this country being affected by weapons of terror has not been addressed … on state or federal or local levels in most parts of the United States,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, president of the Children’s Health Fund, which develops health-care programs for disadvantaged children. Redlener, who also serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ task force on terrorism, said disaster planning since the Sept. 11 attacks has focused primarily on the needs and requirements of adults. “Children cannot be managed in the same way [as] adults … for a variety of reasons that have to do with the anatomical and physiologic makeup of children,” Redlener said. Full Story

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