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Where to Begin?

Writing your emergency plan can seem daunting, but don’t worry! There are plenty of free resources to help you, and the Child Care Aware® of America Emergency Preparedness Team is happy to help.

Check out the resources below and feel free to drop us a line if you have questions

Child Care Aware of America’s Emergency Preparedness Training Resources

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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:

  • 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

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.

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