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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Early Learning Environments

This page provides 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
This guide provides resources to help child care programs begin the process of developing an emergency plan or begin the process of updating their current plans.

Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual: 2015 Edition
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Provide 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
This document is designed to help those in child care leadership positions take the steps necessary to ensure the child care community is prepared for the 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
The Post-Disaster Child Care Needs and Resources document is designed to address the challenges that families and child care providers (including centers, in-home, and family child care providers) may experience following a disaster.


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 resources that can help. 

Multi-hazard Planning for Childcare Training
Federal Emergency Management Agency
This course covers the steps to help childcare providers pepare for incidents  to ensure the safety of the children at their site.

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Helpful Educational Materials for Teachers

Resources for Parents and Teachers
This section of Ready.gov website features resources, activities, and information for parents and teachers to use in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts.

Early Childhood Development Kit
This document is an integral part of UNICEF’s response for 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 protect your child during emergencies in the school day.

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

Back to School Preparedness Podcast
Centers for Disease Control Prevention
CDC provides direction, support, and coordination to help the public be prepared. This 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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