Explanation of Handbook: This document is a model disaster plan created jointly by Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, Snohomish Health District Communicable Disease Outreach Program and Everett Office of Emergency Management.
Not all facilities and communities are alike. This plan is a template that must be individualized for each child care center, taking into account the available resources, the surrounding community, and each facility’s characteristics.
This document contains many sections marked in red that need to be filled in by you with specific information relevant to your center. Make sure to take out any red words in parentheses or in italics that were put in to help you complete this document. Do not hesitate to add additional points to reflect your center’s needs. You are encouraged to contact your local emergency management office to determine what hazards may affect your center location and whether your site is included in a specific hazard area like a floodplain or lahar hazard area.
Make sure you read through the entire plan as you work on it. If any items are unclear or are in conflict with what you believe you would do in an emergency situation, be sure to make changes. For example, if your center is not in a flood zone, take out the section on flooding.
Once finalized, your disaster response plan should be able to be used as a guide for any disaster – by any adult – on the premises. Use your disaster plan to conduct routine drills, to train your staff, and to inform parents about your plans.
Note: The table of contents has been set up so that it can be easily updated. Make all changes to the document, including any page breaks. When you are finished, click once somewhere in the middle of the table of contents which should select the entire table. Then right click, select “update field” and then “update entire table.” The table of contents will automatically update itself. _________________________________’s
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Disaster Response Handbook
The purpose of this handbook is to give child care center personnel step-by-step procedures on how to respond to disaster/crisis situations during the first 30 minutes. Following the listed instructions in sequential order will help to prioritize notification of emergency response personnel and to limit escalation and injury during the initial impact of the situation. In this document, “Director” means the center director or the person-in-charge at the time of the incident or disaster. “Parent” means the child’s parent or legal guardian.
This handbook was written by Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management and Everett Office of Emergency Management, and reviewed and edited by Snohomish Health District Communicable Disease Outreach Program and the Washington State Department of Early Learning. Each child care center has a responsibility to individualize the plan to suit their particular circumstances.
This policy was last reviewed and updated on: ___________________________
OUR CENTER’S ADDRESS IS: ________________________
________________________ OUR CENTER’S PHONE NUMBER IS: ___________________ OUR NEAREST CROSS-STREETS ARE: __________________
OUR OUT – OF – AREA CONTACT IS: __________________