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					          Vulnerable and Hard-to-Reach Population FACT SHEET:
            This fact sheet provides information about a population in Florida that is potentially vulnerable
               and/or hard-to-reach before, during, and after a disaster event. Preparedness requires
            understanding the demographics and characteristics of these groups in order to best meet the
                                                 needs of all persons.

         Children are defined as persons under age 18 years.

United States

         72.5 million children
              o 19 million under the 5 years
              o 28 million between 5 and 11 years
              o 23 million 12 to17 years

Source: Census 2000, 2001


         3.6 million children in 3.2 million families (5% of the nation’s children, Census 2000)
              o 180,000 disabled aged 5 - 15 years old
              o 380,000 children in Broward County
         12,000 children aged 5 - 17 years old do not speak English (2004 American Community Survey)
         Over 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year

General Information
When determining resources to assist in the likelihood of a disaster event, you need to consider the child’s:

         Environment
         Parental influences
         Non-familial relationships
         Culture

For More Information
1.        American Red Cross. (n.d.). Children and Disasters. Retrieved March 22, 2006, from
2.        Florida Department of Children and Families. (2006). The Florida Department of Children and Families.
          Retrieved April 3, 2006, from
3.        Florida’s Adoption Information Center. (2002). AdoptFlorida. Retrieved March 18, 2006, from

4.   Kreider, R. M., & Fields, J. (2005). Living Arrangements of Children: 2001. Retrieved Mach 22, from the US
     Census Web site:
5.   US Census Bureau. (n.d.). 2004 American Community Survey: Age by Language Spoken at Home by Ability
     to Speak English for the Population 5 Years and Over. Retrieved March 17, 2006, from
6.   US Census Bureau. (n.d.). Census 2000: Ages by Types of Disability for the Civilian Noninstitutionalized
     Population 5 Years and Over with Disabilities. Retrieved March 17, 2006, from
7.   US Census Bureau. (n.d.). Census 2000: Profile of General Demographic Characteristics, Broward County,
     Florida. Retrieved March 18, 2006, from
8.   US Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families – Children’s
     Bureau. (2006). Children’s Bureau Website. Retrieved March 18, 2006, from

                                                                                     Updated 6/26/09