Child Care of Aware® of America’s Emergency Preparedness Team continues to track threats to child care programs throughout the United States.
Latest Child Care Activity
Child Care Aware of America developed a beta-version of a comprehensive child care mapping dashboard, which shows the location, number and capacity of child care programs throughout the state of Florida. This interactive dashboard allows users to view data at the state, regional, local and neighborhood level.
Florida Specific Resources
- The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) is a toll-free hotline activated to provide accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the State of Florida. FEIL line is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week by calling 800-342-3557
- Florida also maintains a list of shelters that are available during emergencies
- This map contains power outage information for Florida
Children in Florida
- There are 1,080,253 children aged 0-4 living in Florida. More facts can be found here.
- There are 6,150 center-based child care programs and 3,362 family child care homes in the state of Florida.
In the direct path on the west side of the state, going South to North (earliest to latest impact) the current forecast model predicted impacts in the following counties: Monroe, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando. A total of:
- 1,561 child care centers
- 1,229 family child care programs
- 179,085 total capacity
Within Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach County the total population is 5,780,332 which includes a total of 1,005,687 children aged 14 and younger.
State Level Hurricane Irma Information
- State of Florida https://floridadisaster.org/info/
- State of Georgia https://www.gema.ga.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- State of South Carolina https://www.scemd.org/
- State of Alabama https://governor.alabama.gov/irma
- State of North Carolina https://www.ncdps.gov/irma
Child Care Aware® of America Resources
After the Storm
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes recognizes that after a natural disaster you just want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. And if your home has been damaged, getting back to normal is even harder.
Disaster-damaged homes can pose serious health risks, such as mold, lead, sewage, and other contaminants. Wrong or rushed restoration methods can even make hazards worse.
To help you get back in your home and back to normal as quickly and safely as possible, we’ve created a homeowner post-disaster restoration guide. The guide is full of helpful tips on hazards to be aware of, how to make repairs, and signs that you might need to call in a professional for help.
Generally, a refrigerator can keep temperature without power for around 4 hours. A full freezer can hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours. These times decrease if the doors are opened. As a general rule, if there is doubt – then throw it out!
The key to food safety following a prolonged power outage is to ensure the temperature of food stay at 40 degrees or below. Food in a freezer may be safely refrozen if the food has ice crystals or stays below 40 degrees.
For food in refrigerators, a good rule of thumb is to throw out anything that has been above 40 degrees for 2 or more hours. This includes meat, poultry, fish, lunch meat, milk, and eggs. For more information, view the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Keeping Food Safe in an Emergency page.
Following severe weather and flooding, your home or business may be subject to water damage, mold, and other weather-related damage.
To stop the growth of mold, it is recommended that you clean up and dry out your home or business quickly (within 24 and 48 hours). You can do this by opening doors and windows and using fans.
The Child Care Aware® of America Emergency Preparedness Team has recently added flooding recovery information to their website. Here you can find information about flood recovery, mold removal, and the health implications for children in your care.
The CDC also has provided guidelines about clean-up and reentering your home after sustaining building and facilities damage. Their Water Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH)-Related Emergencies & Outbreaks page also highlights resources from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Red Cross.
As soon as it is safe to do so, it is important to inspect your home and business. Some inspections will be simple, others may need the assistance of a professional, such as a structural engineer.
Conducting this assessment early on is important, as the information obtained can be used to communicate the condition of your facility as well as the status of your program to your local child care resource and referral agency, licensing consultant, or supervisor.
Damage assessments are also useful if you are eligible to apply for disaster assistance, which you should do regardless of whether you have insurance. In some cases, additional funding may be available to supplement your out-of-pocket costs or provide for expenses not covered by insurance. Here is a sample damage assessment tool for child care.
- Begin documenting your damage claim by taking an inventory of your damaged or destroyed belongings and gathering your insurance policy documents.
- Use a digital camera or the camera on your cell phone to photograph any damage (both interior and exterior of the building as well as contents).
- Once you’ve gathered necessary documents and evidence of your claim, contact your insurance company or agent.
- If you need to purchase supplies or materials, SAVE ALL RECEIPTS.
Resources on Recovery
- Help Kids Cope is a mobile app to assist families cope with hurricanes and flooding. Download the free app today for Apple and Android devices. The app has helpful guidance on how to prepare for the storm, how to support your family during the storm, and if your family needs additional support after the storm.
- Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after Hurricanes (English) or
Guia para los padres para ayudar a los niños despues de un hurricane(Spanish)
- Teacher Guidelines for Helping Children after Hurricanes (English)
- Trinka and Sam Children’s Booklet(English) orTrinka y Juan en un día de mucho viento y lluvia (Spanish)
Trinka and Sam the Rainy Windy Day is a story developed to help young children and their families begin to talk about feelings and worries they may have after they have experienced the hurricane. A parent guide is included that suggests ways that parents can use the story with their children.
- PFA Handouts:
- Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers(English) or Consejos para que los padres ayuden a bebés y niños pequeños después de un desastre (Spanish)
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschoolers (English) or Consejos para que los padres ayuden a los niños de edad preescolar después de un desastre (Spanish)
- Parent Tips for Helping School-age Children(English) or Consejos para que los padres ayuden a los niños de edad escolar después de un desastre (Spanish)