Child Care Center Disaster Response Handbook



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Power Outage

  • Director or designee will try to locate the problem and activate alternate lighting system; flashlights and batteries are located (where).


  • Call 911 if concerned about a fire or safety hazard.

  • Unplug all electrical equipment; turn off all but one light.

  • Director/Designee to contact property manager, if needed.

  • Director/Designee to call PUD (425-783-1000) to report outage and/or get additional information.

  • Call Snohomish Health District to help determine if center needs to be closed. Also, consider the following items in making your decision:

      • Can you safely prepare/store food?

      • Do you need to move to an alternate site?

      • Can you safely transport the children?

      • How will you notify parents?

  • All parents will be notified if power outage is prolonged.

  • 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).


Storms & Snow


  • 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).

Earthquake


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.

When the earthquake stops, the following procedures should be carried out:

  • 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.
  • Call parents with center status information; if not possible, report center status information to KRKO, KOMO, KSER and/or KIRO radio station for announcement over the air (KRKO Radio – 425-304-1381 ext. 117; KOMO Radio – 206-404-5666; KSER Radio – 425-303-9070; KIRO Radio – 206-726-7000).


  • If parents cannot be contacted after 4 hours, the child's out-of-area contact will be called if possible.

  • Director/Designee will report incident to the licensor, at earliest convenience, and will complete a written incident report at the earliest opportunity; incident reports are stored (where).

DROP, COVER and HOLD” should be taught and practiced with the children at least once a month.

Flooding

If center is in a flood prone area:



  • During severe weather, director or designee will listen to radio for flood watch and flood warning reports.

  • If a flood warning is issued, move children and staff to the alternate site location; follow Site Evacuation procedure in this plan.

  • Director/Designee will notify all parents immediately.

  • 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).

  • Director/Designee will call insurance company (if needed).



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