Child Care Center Disaster Response Handbook



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Volcanic Eruption

A volcanic eruption will likely also be accompanied by other disasters such as flooding, landslides or mudflows (also known as lahars).


  • When notified of possible eruption (if within lahar hazard area) designee will listen to radio for volcano/lahar warning reports and evacuation directions.

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

  • Director/Designee will notify all parents immediately if evacuation takes place.

  • If not in the inundation area but volcanic ash fall is imminent close doors, windows and vents. Place damp towels at door thresholds and other draft sources; tape drafty windows.

  • Protect dust sensitive electronics (e.g., computers, machinery).

  • Dust often using vacuum attachments rather than dust cloths, which may become abrasive.

  • Remove outdoor clothing before entering the building if possible – ask parents to remove their shoes and shake off as much ash as they can before entering the main section of the child care facility.

  • When going outside use dust masks and eye protection. If you don’t have a dust mask, use a wet handkerchief.

  • Prior to sweeping, dampen ash to ease removal. Be careful to not wash ash into drainpipes, sewers, storm drains etc. Seek advice from officials regarding disposal of volcanic ash in your community.

  • Keep children indoors; discourage active play in dusty settings. Dust masks do not fit well on small children.
  • The weight of ash can cause roofs to collapse. Since most roofs cannot support more than four inches of wet ash, keep roofs free of thick accumulation. Once ash fall stops, sweep or shovel ash from roof’s and gutters. A one-inch layer of ash weighs 5-10 pounds per square foot when dry, but 10-15 pounds per square foot when wet. Wear a dust mask and use precautions on ladders and roofs.


  • Put stoppers in the tops of your drainpipes (at the gutters).

  • Minimize driving (change oil and air filters frequently) use ample windshield washer fluid.

  • 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).


Landslides


If center is in landslide prone area:

  • During severe weather, Director or Designee will monitor the media for watch and warning reports, especially during snowmelt and saturating rain events.

  • Staff will keep an eye out for increased water/mud flow downhill, tree movement/leaning, and sounds of earth movement.

  • If a landslide seems imminent or a 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).

Tsunami


If center is in a Tsunami inundation area as defined by your local emergency management office or the US Geological Survey (USGS):
  • If you feel the ground shake, follow the Earthquake procedure in this plan; some earthquakes may cause a tsunami to form. Treat all earthquakes as if they’ll cause a tsunami since we cannot instantly determine which type of earthquake has occurred.


  • Once the ground stops shaking and all staff and children have been accounted for and if your facility is in a Tsunami inundation area, immediately move to high ground or inland. Do not wait for an official warning.

  • Move children and staff to an inland alternate site location or a location at least 50 feet above sea level. This location is (where). Follow the Site Evacuation procedures in this plan. If you don’t have time to travel to high ground, but are in or near a multi-story building, go up to the top level of the building.

  • Director/Designee will notify parents immediately of the incident, the evacuation and location if children are moved to an alternate site location.

  • 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).



Missing Child


  • Call 911 immediately; provide the following information:

      • Child’s name and age

      • Address

      • Physical and clothing description of the child, including any distinguishing marks such as visible scars or birthmarks

      • Medical status, if appropriate

      • Time and location child was last seen

      • Person with whom the child was last seen.
  • Notify Director/Designee immediately and search the facility again.


  • Have child's information and, if possible, a picture for the police upon their arrival.

  • Director/Designee will notify parents of missing child and attempt confirmation that child is with family; if not - inform parents of situation and steps taken.

  • Director/Designee will report incident to licensor at earliest convenience and Child Protective Services.

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


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