Child Care Emergency Preparedness
In Missouri, emergencies are associated with weather events such as ice storms, snow storms, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes. Other types of emergencies that may impact child care providers include fires, electrical outages, and car/van accidents. On May 22, 2011, the community of Joplin was struck by one of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in American history. Among the devastation, 19 child care centers were destroyed and eight others were badly damaged leaving families in child care crisis. Missouri child care licensing requires providers to have an emergency preparedness plan. Child care programs that have emergency/disaster plans are better able to react, protect, and respond to the needs of those involved.
The Section for Child Care Regulation presents a 1-hour training on Disaster and Emergency Preparedness in child care. This training is of no costs to providers and is approved for the department’s required annual clock hours.
This training is designed to increase awareness of disasters and emergencies should they occur in your area and develop a written plan specifically for your facility on how your would deal with these events to meet the department’s regulatory rules (19 CSR 30-62.090 and 19 CSR 30-61.090).
The below information may be of use to early childhood and school age providers in preparing for an emergency or responding to a disaster.
- Child Care Emergency Plan Template
- AAP Family Readiness Kit
- Ready in 3
- Missouri State Emergency Management Agency
- Missouri Office of Homeland Security
- Missouri Storm Aware
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Office of Child Care Emergency Preparedness
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Preparedness
- Center for Disease Control Emergency Preparedness
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning...A Preparedness Guide