The following resources will be helpful to early education and child care providers, child care health consultants, pediatricians, and others working to strengthen disaster preparedness in child care programs.
Disaster Preparedness Standards
Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition, has updated or added the following standards related to disasters and emergency preparedness.
- Standard 18.104.22.168: Supply of Food and Water for Disasters. Increases allotment of food and water to 72-hour supply.
- Standard 22.214.171.124: First Aid and Emergency Supplies. Adds items such as a flashlight, whistle, etc.; deletes syrup of ipecac.
- Standard 126.96.36.199: Disaster Planning, Training and Communication.
- Standard 188.8.131.52: Emergency and Evacuation Drills/Exercises Policy. Expands on types of events to have drills and exercises.
Influenza Prevention and Control Resources
Each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to employ influenza prevention and control strategies in order to increase influenza immunization rates, promote early and aggressive treatment, and support an improved infrastructure for influenza outbreaks or pandemics. The following resources have been created to support this effort:
The AAP and the CDC have collaborated to release Ready Wrigley disaster preparedness activity books for children 2 to 8 years of age. Each book includes tips, activities, and stories to help the families prepare for disasters. Ready Wrigley Books have been developed on the following topics:
To request complimentary print copies of the Ready Wrigley books, e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org.
Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual
The Head Start Emergency Preparedness Manual, 2015 Edition, provides programs with the latest tools and resources to guide their planning process. The manual can be used to support children, families, and communities before, during, and after an emergency