Director/Designee will determine prior to opening hours, whether or not to open the center; families will be notified by (how - refer to center’s parent policy).
If the child care must close during hours of operation because of snow or storm (title of individual or individuals) will notify parents by telephone.
If weather conditions prevent a parent or legal guardian from reaching the facility to recover a child, the center staff will care for the child (maintaining proper child: staff ratios) until such time as the parent, legal guardian, or emergency contact person can safely claim the child. The disaster supplies will be used as needed.
If the above persons cannot claim the child within 72 hours of the center closing, the Director/Designee will contact the police. Child may be transported to Child Protective Services if necessary.
Director/Designee will report incident to licensor at earliest convenience.
Director/Designee will complete a written incident report at the earliest opportunity; incident reports are stored (where).
In the event of ground movement the following procedures should be carried out:
Staff “drop, cover, and hold.” Direct all children to “DROP, COVER and HOLD” and remain that way until the earth stops moving – stay away from windows, bookcases, and filing cabinets. Hold onto the item you are using as a cover, if it moves, move with it. Keep talking to children until it is safe to move.
If no items are available for cover, crouch by an interior wall and cover your head with your arms. Instruct children to do the same.
If outside “drop, cover and hold,” keeping away from glass, bricks, and power lines. If you are outside near a building and there is no safer location, take cover in a doorway to protect yourself and children.
Teachers and staff check themselves and children for any injuries.
Check evacuation routes for damage (also see Tsunami procedure if in a Tsunami inundation area) (contact local emergency management to determine tsunami inundation areas and other risk areas if necessary).
Evacuate children and staff (see Building Evacuation section of this plan if necessary) and close doors behind you; take the following items with you:
disaster supplies which are stored (where)
class/staff attendance sheets and visitor sign-in sheets (where)
children’s emergency and medical information/supplies (where)
cell phone, if available.
Staff will render first aid to those who need it.
Director/Designee will take attendance outside to account for all children and adults.
Check utilities for disruption/damage (gas, water, sewer); if you smell gas, turn the gas off with the wrench stored (where). Also see Gas Leak section of this plan.
Listen to radio for information on the surrounding area.
Determine status of emergency supplies and equipment.
Call child care's out-of-area contact with information on the center's status (injuries, evacuation, children remaining in care, children who have been picked up).
If it is decided to evacuate to an alternate location, post a notice indicating your new location, date and time you left; follow the Site Evacuation procedure in this plan. The notice will be posted accordingly.