EMERGENCY and DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
It's critical that child care providers be prepared for emergencies and disasters.
Licensing rules require each child care provider have an approved Health and Safety Plan
and to follow that plan in the event of an emergency or disaster.
Information about emergency plans, emergency supply kits, potential disasters, and how to get involved in Utah's preparedness efforts can be found at Be Ready Utah.
Another resource is the video Children First: What To Do When Disaster Strikes. It was made by Save the Children, a Disasters Working Group from the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and is an overview of the responsibilities of child care providers when planning and preparing for disasters.
The Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center has an Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, which has chapters on preparedness, response, and recovery. Child Care Licensing has Temporary Operation Standards that outline the steps to follow after a natural or man-made disaster. These steps are to help providers with the continuation of care and to provide support after a catasthophic event.
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