It is important for child care providers to prepare for emergencies because one could occur while children are in your care. In North Carolina, we often associate emergencies with weather events and full-scale disasters such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter storms, and hurricanes. Other types of emergencies that have been known to involve child care providers include car/van accidents, fires, chemical releases, and utility outages. On September 11, 2001, when child care providers in the World Trade Center and Pentagon had to relocate children following the terror attacks, we were also reminded that violence can be a very real threat to children in child care. Whatever the risk, planning ahead can save lives and reduce the risk of injuries.
The Division recommends the following resource materials to assist you as you prepare for emergencies.
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