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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Early Learning Environments

Below are links to disaster preparedness and recovery information for childcare providers that can apply to many different disaster situations. 

Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources for Child Care Programs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides resources to help child care programs begin the process of developing emergency plans or updating their current plans.

Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual: 2015 Edition
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provides Head Start programs with the latest tools and resources to guide their emergency preparedness planning process.

Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and Save the Children, Domestic Emergencies Unit
Helps child care leaders take the steps needed to ensure the child care community is prepared for many types of emergencies - natural, technological and man-made - that occur each year in the United States.

Post-disaster Child Care Needs and Resources
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Addresses the challenges families and child care providers may experience following a disaster (including centers, in-home, and family care providers).


Emergency Preparedness and Response Webinar Series
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Early childhood training including the need for safe child care—before, during, and after a major disaster or emergency.

Youth Preparedness: Empowering the Nation’s Future
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Starting or getting involved with a youth preparedness program is a great way to enhance a community’s resilience and help develop future generations of prepared adults. FEMA offers numerous youth preparedness resources that can help. 

Multi-hazard Planning for Childcare Training
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Covers the steps childcare providers need to prepare for incidents to ensure the safety of children at their site. 

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Helpful Educational Materials for Teachers

Resources for Parents and Teachers features resources, activities, and information for parents and teachers to use in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

Early Childhood Development Kit
UNICEF’s kit for responding to children in emergency situations.  The kit contains materials to help caregivers create a safe learning environment for up to 50 young children ages 0-8. Each item was carefully selected to help develop skills for thinking, speaking, feeling and interacting with others.

Helpful Resources for Parents

Infographic Easy as ABC
Centers for Disease Control Prevention
Steps to protecting your child during emergencies during the school day.

Backpack Emergency Card
Centers for Disease Control Prevention
Backpack emergency cards can come in handy in emergencies.

Back to School Preparedness Podcast
Centers for Disease Control Prevention
CDC provides direction, support, and coordination to help the public be prepared. Podcast discusses how parents and students can be prepared at school. Created: 7/28/2014 by Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR). Date Released: 7/31/2014. Series Name: CDC Emergency Preparedness and You.

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