Category: Preparedness

Louise Rosler Reflects on How Policy (and Life) Can Have Unintended Results

Blog post by summer intern Louise Rosler “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question that most children are faced with from a very young age. My answers have vacillated (from a princess, to an author, to a CIA agent—the list goes on), but as I have grown older, this vision… Read more »

Check Out Your Library Before and After Disasters!

Every community is vulnerable to disasters: extreme weather, fires, chemical spills, the list goes on. Luckily, most have a local resource to help them prepare and respond to those disasters: their public library! Libraries have evolved over time, no longer offering just books, magazines, and newspapers. Libraries today provide so much more: computers, internet access,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Flu Season Preparedness

The Problem Teaching children flu prevention can be tough—and teachers need resources that make it fun and easy for kids to understand the flu. One Solution The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready Wrigley activity book series helps kids prepare for many types of emergency, including preparing for flu season. The books are… Read more »

Guest Blog: Prevent to Protect – A Mother’s Experience with the Unheard of Viral Cause of a Birth Defect

Most women have never heard of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (less than 9%) but they need to know about this virus if they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. CMV is a common and sometimes serious virus for a pregnant woman and her unborn child. June is National CMV Awareness Month If you read “The Danger of… Read more »

Preparing for Hurricanes

Recent Hurricanes and Resources It’s that time of the year, to be sure we are ready for hurricanes. Preparing in advance has numerous advantages, not the least of which is preventing the last-minute scramble when a hurricane is bearing down and shelves and supplies are depleted. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15, and Atlantic hurricane… Read more »

The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children

Everyone agrees toddlers are cute–and they are! But if you are a daycare worker, a nursery volunteer, or have a toddler in daycare, you need to know about cytomegalovirus (CMV). What is CMV?  The month of June is National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. CMV, or cytomegalovirus (sī-to-MEG-a-lo-vī-rus), is a common virus, according to CongenitalCMV.org. Between 50-80% of… Read more »

Should I stay or should I go?

Not only are these catchy song lyrics, these are common questions you may ask yourself following an emergency or disaster event that affects you, your program, neighborhood, or community. Different types of emergencies constitute different reactions – if you smell smoke or hear a fire alarm, evacuate quickly! However, if you learn of a tornado… Read more »

Why Child Care Center Staff Need to Care About Flu Prevention

Every winter, influenza (the flu) ravages both adults and children, spreading like wildfire throughout the community and leaving many at home, in bed, feeling awful for days. Child care centers are affected because the influenza virus is highly contagious, and children are apt to spread the virus unknowingly both to their peers and to adults…. Read more »

Record-Breaking Start for 2017 Tornadoes: Prepare Your Child Care Program

2017 has seen an active start with tornado activity. There have been tornado outbreaks in each month of the year in 2017, and 636 preliminary tornado reports from January – April. That’s more than twice the normal amount to date; the average for January-April is about 299 tornadoes, according to the NOAA. On average, 1,200… Read more »

Guest Blog: The Importance of Including Children in Emergency Preparedness Planning

As a child care provider, you have chosen a profession of caring for children, and you try your best to protect them every day. There are many things you do to keep them safe, but it may be impossible to prepare for all possibilities. However, by including children’s needs and children themselves in preparedness planning,… Read more »

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