Category: Preparedness

The Aftermath: How a Texas CCR&R Supported Providers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

One year later, memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are grey and hazy, much like the lingering autumn skies that dropped trillions of gallons of water across Greater Houston. Before the flood waters receded, Collaborative for Children, the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for the 13-county Greater Houston region, faced a critical… Read more »

Preparing for Wildfires: The Reality of Today

With wildfires spreading across the West, many cities and states are being impacted both directly by the fires and by the resulting air pollution from the smoke. This week, Seattle topped the list of worst air pollution in the world, and Washington state and Oregon had 4 of the top 5 worst air pollution days… Read more »

Active Shooter Preparation for Child Care Providers is Unfortunate but Necessary

My In my role as a general manager for afterschool programs located in 20 public schools, the safety of our children is constantly at the forefront of our staffing and planning conversations. Our programs are part of a larger nonprofit organization, which has provided video training for employees on the topic of active shooters. While… Read more »

2018 Hurricane Season: Let’s Get Ready

The 2018 hurricane season is almost upon us and Child Care Aware® of America wants to ensure that you and those for which you care are ready! According to the National Weather Service, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season begins on May 15 and ends November 30, while the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June… Read more »

National Infant Immunization Week is Only A Week Away

From April 21 – 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with partners, community leaders, healthcare professionals and stakeholders, will observe National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). This annual observance highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities…. Read more »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting: Lessons Learned

The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past week were truly horrific. During six minutes of gunfire, fourteen students and three faculty members were killed and 15 were wounded. Sadly, active shooter situations are becoming all too common. As we think about how best to prepare, the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting offered some… Read more »

Flu Season is Here: Take Precautions to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Healthy

According to the CDC, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The 2017-2018 flu season arrived early and in some… Read more »

The Top 5 Things CCR&Rs Should Do After a Disaster

As the end of the year nears, CCAoA’s Emergency Preparedness Team has been reflecting on the disasters that struck in 2017. Top-of-mind, of course, are the hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Our team worked directly with CCR&Rs affected by the storms and the providers they serve. This is the last of three blogs on lessons learned… Read more »

Could Your Cell Phone Really Save Your Life?

Did you know the new iOS 11 feature on your iPhone allows you to call for Emergency SOS 911 help without using the keypad, even when your phone is locked? The great thing about this feature is that you can access emergency services silently and quickly.  Having a cell phone present during an emergency or… Read more »

Snow Safety: Five Steps to be Prepared

With winter right around the corner and temperatures dropping fast, this is the perfect time to prepare for a possible winter emergency. Many people love the idea of a few inches of fluffy snow falling from the sky, but all too quickly, that few inches can morph into the winter storm of the year. Fortunately,… Read more »

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