Category: Preparedness

Site Diagrams Made Easy – Do You Have One for Your Child Care Facility?

An alarm rings…lights flash…you regularly practice fire drills, so you know this is the fire alarm. You need to evacuate, but what do you take with you?  Where is the closest exit?  What happens if the closest exit is blocked?  How can you evacuate yourself and your roomful of toddlers quickly and easily? Ensuring that… Read more »

The Top 5 Things CCR&Rs Should Do During 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 second of three blogs on lessons learned… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America and Good360 Partner to Send Care Packages to Puerto Rico Families

On November 15, employees from Child Care Aware® of America, Good360, and Charles River Associates worked together to assemble disaster relief kits for Niño’s de Nueva Esperanza child care center in Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico. Volunteers assembled 150 kits that will be sent alongside thousands of other donations garnered by Good360 to families struggling to… Read more »

Handwashing is Key to Flu Prevention This Season!

Health services across the world are preparing for the worst flu season in history amid fears that the vaccines used to stop the influenza virus will not be as effective this year. Fortunately, there is a simple way to prevent the spread of disease and infection to keep you and the people around you safe… Read more »

The Top 5 Things CCR&Rs Should Do Before 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 first of three blogs on lessons learned… Read more »

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

It is officially fall. Along with leaves changing, chillier weather, and pumpkin and apple cider-flavored treats, there is one more thing to keep your eye on – the seasonal flu. The seasonal flu is back again and without protection and precautions, it can cause harm to you and the children in your care. To protect… Read more »

Books and Resources to Help Children Before and After Emergency Drills

In September 2016, Child Care Resource Center, the resource and referral agency serving the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, began implementing the Child Care Aware® of America’s Resiliency Hub pilot project. The goal of this project is to “increase the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in… Read more »

The Need for Disaster Response Plans for Children with Disabilities

It seems that every time our nation experiences a major disaster, we learn more about the gaps in our emergency response system. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were no exception, and one gap the storms revealed is in how we assist people with disabilities, including young children, in the event of an emergency. Evacuation in the… Read more »

September 2017 Footnotes

In September we celebrated National Preparedness Month, and with it the beginning of hurricane season. Our emergency preparedness team has been hard at work, connecting with parents and child care providers and proving support, tools, and resources to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Child Care Aware® of America is also finalizing plans… Read more »

Riding Out the Storm

We got hit by a tornado on a Sunday afternoon in late May. It was a holiday weekend, so most of our neighbors were out of town. I was out shopping in Forest Lake with my 4 year old, and my husband was at home.  We were experiencing a terrible storm in Forest Lake—it was… Read more »

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