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Where to Begin?

Writing your emergency plan can seem daunting. Do not worry! There are plenty of free resources to help you! Also, the Child Care Aware® of America Emergency Preparedness Team is always happy to help! Check out the resources below and feel free to drop us a line if you have questions preparedness@usa.childcareaware.org

Child Care Aware of America’s Emergency Preparedness Training Resources

Recorded Webinars:

Child Care Emergency Preparedness Toolkits and Guides

The University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) California Childcare Health Program, with funding from the California Department of Education, has developed the following helpful resources related to child care disaster planning.  Additional information can be found at: https://cchp.ucsf.edu/content/disaster-preparedness.

  • How to Plan for Emergencies and Disasters: A Step-by-Step Guide for California Child Care Providers
    This 27-page document includes information aimed at helping child care providers develop an emergency plan. The document walks through a ten-step process and includes links to forms, checklists, templates and worksheets. The following topics are covered: Emergency disaster plan creation, identifying local hazards, emergency roles and responsibilities, connecting with emergency services in your local area, emergency supplies, reunification, relocation, drills, operating after a disaster and recovering from a disaster. Available in English and Spanish
  • UCSF California Childcare Health Program Emergency Plan Library (individual forms, templates, worksheets, checklists, and tools): 
    In this 65-page document, you can find a variety of forms, templates, worksheets and checklists to assist child care providers with emergency preparedness planning. This document contains helpful items, such as an emergency supplies checklist, sample emergency disaster drills, and an emergency drill log for your program. Available in English and Spanish

Child Care Resource Center Emergency Preparedness Toolkits

This resource is from the Child Care Resource Center, which serves the northern Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in California. The CCRC website offers an Emergency Preparedness Toolkit in English, Spanish, and Chinese, Quick Guides for Child Care Settings, as well as informational videos focused on emergency preparedness.

Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual

Programs can use this manual as a guide for their emergency planning process. Find the latest tools and resources to support children, families, and communities before, during, and after an emergency. An emergency may be a catastrophic natural event, like a hurricane, flood, or wildfire, or a man-made disaster, such as a shooting. No matter the crisis, early childhood programs need to be ready with impact, relief, and recovery plans. Available from the Head Start National Center on Health.

Free FEMA Online Course: Multi-hazard Planning for Child Care

This course covers the steps to help childcare providers prepare for incidents to ensure the safety of the children at their site. Childcare providers must have plans and procedures to keep children safe from everyday hazards and to respond and recover when an emergency happens. The goal of this course is to provide childcare providers, of all sizes and with responsibility for children of all ages, with the knowledge and tools to analyze the hazards and threats at the site, to develop a plan to address these hazards and threats, and to implement processes to update and practice the emergency plan. The topics addressed in this course include: Knowing your hazards. Developing a plan. Testing and updating your plan. Available from FEMA.

Parent Resources:

Parents: Is Your Child Care Program Prepared?

Download the one-pager PDF in English or Spanish:

Download "Is Your Child Care Program Prepared for Disaster?"

Descargue el folleto "¿Estará su programa de cuidado de niños preparado para un desastre?"


ACLS Training Center: A Parents Guide to First Aid

This article provides an understanding of basic first aid and how to apply it according to the injury and age of the child is critical and can save the life of your child.

Parents: Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Disaster

It’s impossible to control the weather and stop catastrophes from happening. This tool helps educate families and communities on the vital steps for emergency preparedness so that everyone can minimize risks and be aware of the safe routes should an emergency take place.


Safety, Health and Consumer Council – Guides and Reports

With millions of studies conducted each and every year, there is so much data and insights that never get seen. At the Safety, Health and Consumer Council (HSCC), their goal is to help find studies that further this mission and get them into the right hands. These studies are well-researched and thoroughly vetted.

Recovery From Disasters

The 2017 hurricane season has produced a record-breaking number of massive storms that led to severe flooding and damages across the United States and the Caribbean. A widely publicized mass shooting in Nevada and wildfires in the western United States have also recently occurred.  Recovery efforts in these areas are ongoing.

Visit SAMHSA’s site for information on disaster reactions, suggestions for coping after an event, and helpful links for recovery information specific to children, older adults, businesses, and other special populations.

Emergency Preparedness in School – How to Prevent, Prepare, Respond and Recover in the Face of Emergencies and Disasters

Community for Accredited Online Schools has created a guide that identifies the various risks across the country that includes a helpful natural disaster risk map. It also focuses on what schools can do in various emergency situations, including earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, and active shooter threats.  Visit the Emergency Preparedness in School site to access the guide.