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Disaster Preparedness Tips for Early Childhood Professionals

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Early Childhood Professionals

When a natural or man-made disaster happens, it can be scary for everyone involved. Below are some quick tips on what your child care facility can do to help prepare for an emergency.

MAKE A PLAN: Help ensure that all staff, parents and guardians are informed and know how to respond in various types of emergency situations.

  • How to evacuate children and move them to a safe location

  • How to notify parents and guardians

  • How to reunite children with parents or guardians

  • How to assist infants and children with specials needs in emergency situations

PRACTICE EMERGENCY DRILLS: Different types of emergencies require different types of responses.

  • Be sure to practice each type of drill so they are familiar.

  • Evacuation drills

  • Shelter in place drills

  • Lock down drills

CREATE A DISASTER KIT: Make sure you know all the special and medical needs of all the children in your program.

  • Contact info and a picture of all children

  • List of special needs

  • First Aid supplies

  • Comfort items

  • Activities for children

  • Battery powered flashlight and radio

  • Medical supplies

  • Non-perishable food items
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