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Disaster Preparedness in Early Childhood Settings

The threat of disaster is real, whether natural (weather, fire, flood), technological (blackout, chemical spill), or intentional (explosive, bioterrorism); and being prepared is essential. Emphasis on responding in situations which may require sheltering-in or evacuation to a safe site, possibly for an extended time (72 hours). Content includes policy and procedure development, types of disasters; developing procedures for lockdown, sheltering in, or evacuation; supplies and storage; preparing children; and parent involvement.

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At the end of th
e session, the participants will be able to:
  • Specify disaster situations that may occur in early childhood programs.
  • Describe appropriate responses to specific disaster situations.
  • List necessary supplies.
  • Discuss ways to effectively involve parents.
  • Describe ways to prepare children without frightening them.


Content includes:
  • Types of disasters (natural, technological and intentional)
  • Developing appropriate policy and procedures
  • Preparing for lockdown, sheltering in, or evacuation
  • Preparing children for emergency response
  • Supplies and storage (water, food, clothing, infant supplies, first aid and medication)
  • Parent involvement and notification
  • Involvement with community personnel


Training modules are expert reviewed and address national standards, including Caring for Our Children, Head Star Performance Standards and NAEYC Accreditation criteria.  Click here to view examples of specific requirements.

Programs are designed to meet State child care licensing requirements and training CEU approval criteria.  Some state licensing boards require approval of child care training modules before presenting for CEU credit.  Contact Dr. Charlotte Hendricks for information regarding CEU approval in your state.

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(48 PowerPoint Slides) Price: $200.00

Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc.
2312 Chandawood Drive, Pelham, AL  35124-1229
Telephone 205-663-7402       FAX 205-621-2149

Contact Dr. Charlotte Hendricks

* The boxed thumbnail images are examples from the training module.


Addresses Head Start Performance Standards. 

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