Run Your Child Care

Emergencies & Disasters

The outcome of an emergency or disaster is affected by your advanced preparation. In an emergency, whether it is a natural disaster, technological disaster or an attack, children may not understand what is happening and may be physically or developmentally unable to protect themselves. Child care programs that have emergency/disaster plans are better able to react and protect the lives of those involved.

  • Develop Plans and Policies
  • Use this checklist to assess your child care site and make needed changes before an emergency happens to reduce risks to children, yourself and others.

  • Stock supplies that you will need in case of an emergency/disaster. Keep in mind that needed supplies will vary based on the number and ages of the children you serve, so reassess the kit on a regular basis.

  • First aid supplies should be accessible to staff members at all times, but out of the reach of children. Kits should be restocked after each use and inventory should be checked at least monthly.

  • There may be times when you'll need to close your child care program early or not open at all due to an emergency or disaster. This planning checklist will help you develop a policy and communication plan to keep families and staff informed.

  • Evacuation plans save lives. All child care programs should develop a plan, train staff and carry out practice drills to ensure everyone's safety during an emergency.

  • Child care sites should have two evacuation locations: A nearby location, preferably within walking distance, to use in case of fire and site further away to use in the event of a major environmental hazard. It is a good idea to have a written agreement with each site in advance of an emergency.

  • FIRE
  • Communicate Your Plan & Get Permission
  • Child care providers need to complete this form and file it with county child care licenser.

  • This form should be completed by parents and on file for each child.

  • This form should be completed by providers and given to parents.

  • Despite a child care provider's best efforts, practice and planning, it is possible that children may get separated from the child care group in the midst of a frenzied emergency situation. ID Cards that can be placed on a child during an emergency or evacuation will help responders reunite a child with their family or care provider if they are separated.

  • Update Emergency Contact List

    List should include telephone numbers you may need during and after an emergency. Remind parents to update their work, home or cell phone numbers on a regular basis.

  • How to Respond During and After
  • North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) rules require that child care providers report emergency closings and relocations to their licenser, within 24 hours. Because county workers are often called out of the office to help during emergency, DHS also requests that providers report closings and relocations to Child Care Aware® office.

  • If a child care program is not affected by an emergency or disaster, they may choose to take on additional children from other affected programs. The following forms must be completed and submitted if program takes in additional children or hires additional staff during an emergecy/disaster response

  • This form needs to be completed and submitted when a licensed child care provider takes in additional children during an emergency or disaster.

  • This form must be completed if a licensed child care provider brings an unlicensed individual or someone without a background check to provide additional help during an emergency or disaster.