Natural disasters and emergencies can be emotionally devastating and cause property damage that can be costly to repair. Child care programs are not immune to these risks and should plan and prepare for any event ( minor as well as catastrophic) that may disrupt the day-to-day operations of their child care businesses. Emergency plans help ensure child care programs and staff are prepared to react in a manner that protects the safety of children and staff when an emergency occurs. Emergency plans also establish mechanisms to help programs during the recovery phase and get businesses "up and running" as soon as possible, which promotes continuity of care and reduces the risks of clientele and income loss.
This guide provides resources to help child care programs begin the process of developing an emergency plan or begin the process of updating their current plans. It is divided into three sections:
- Before a Disaster or Emergency: Plan and Prepare;
- During a Disaster or Emergency: Put your Plan into Action; and
- After a Disaster or Emergency: Recovery Phase.