|Emergency preparedness and response (EPR) rules went into effect July 1, 2015. The rules are designed to assist licensed child care programs to be adequately prepared to deal with the needs of children and others on site in the event of disasters and emergencies. The new rules require:
- Shelter-in-place or lockdown drills completed quarterly in addition to monthly fire drills.
- One staff person or FCCH operator must complete the Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care training
- Licensed facilities are required to have an EPR Plan. The Plan must include:
- written procedures for accounting for children and adults
- how children will be transported
- communication plan
- how the program will meet the nutritional and health needs of the children
- relocation and reunification plan
- emergency telephone numbers
- evacuation diagrams
- date of last revision of the Plan
- needs of children who are non-mobile and with special needs
- Location of the Ready to Go File
- Trained staff must review the EPR Plan annually or when information changes to ensure it is current
- Trained staff must review EPR Plan with staff during orientation and annually
- Substitutes and volunteers in ratio and additional caregivers who are present must be informed of the Plan and its location.
- Emergency evacuation plan is no longer an enhanced policy option.
Read the complete EPR Child Care Rules
|EPR in Child Care Training
Designated individuals must complete the EPR in Child Care training by July 1, 2017.
Designated individual must complete the EPR in Child Care training within one year of the effective date of the initial license.
* If a trained person leaves a program, the program has four months to have another trained person on staff.
The Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) in Child Care training will be offered statewide and regularly over the next two years. To find a course near you, review the Child Care Resource and Referral training calendars at the following links:
For a list of qualified EPR trainers, please contact the CCR&R nearest you or contact Mary Cleary at the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center: 919-707-5679 or email@example.com
Prospective EPR in Child Care Trainers
The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center is offering the EPR in Child Care Train-the-Trainer course on a routine basis. The course is taught online through the UNC Sakai distance learning system. There is no charge for the course. In selecting participants, priority is given to Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) and regional Child Care Resource and Referral technical assistance professionals. All applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and be approved by the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) to become an EPR in Child Care trainer. EPR in Child Care trainers are expected to teach the EPR in Child Care Training at least three times a year for two years. To be considered for the course email the Application and the Request for Approval form to Mary Cleary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan Template and Forms
NC Emergency Management offered to develop a standard EPR template that would be used statewide by all licensed child care programs. The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center provided content for this template along with the Division so that it aligns with the new EPR in Child Care training and the EPR rules.
The Child Care Rules state that programs must use the EPR template provided by the Division. Programs will access the EPR template from the NC Risk Management Portal which houses emergency planning tools for a variety of hazards.
Once the designated staff has successfully completed the EPR in Child Care course, then that individual must complete the EPR template within four months of completing the course.
Accessing the EPR Template
To access the EPR Template, the trained staff must have an NCID. You may register for an NCID at the following link: https://ncid.nc.gov/
If you need help getting an NCID, here are detailed instructions for obtaining an NCID.
Once you get an NCID, you will access the EPR template on the NC Risk Management Portal website. The site is currently being tested. You will be able to access it mid-July to begin entering your EPR Plans. The link for the site will be here.
For questions related to EPR Plan content, contact your EPR in Child Care Trainer, Child Care Licensing Consultant or the Division of Child Development and Early Education at 1-800-859-0829.
For technical difficulties contact Mahmood Hasan at NC Emergency Management.
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