If You Use Child Care: Preparedness Guide

According to the Associated Press, nearly 8 million children in the United States age 4 or younger either attend a day-care center or have home-based care givers. If your child is in child care, find out about and help improve emergency plans.

Child care at a day care facility:

  • Learn about the emergency plans at the day care center, including evacuation sites, and how parents will be notified.
  • Keep your contact information up to date. Provide at least two ways to be contacted, including a relative or friend out of the area.
  • If your child is on medication, provide an extra supply in case an emergency delays your child returning home
  • Ask your provider if he or she has used the YIKES emergency planning guide provided by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to prepare an emergency plan. Provide a copy if not, and follow up on the development of an emergency plan for the facility.
  • Make plans with your provider for emergencies that might prevent your picking up your child on time.

Child care in your home (baby sitters and nannies):

  • Make sure your baby sitter is aware of your family emergency plan, including evacuation plans, meeting places and emergency communications.
  • Make sure you have emergency contact information for your sitter's family.
  • Practice your evacuation plans with your sitter, including the location of items such as your Go-Bag or important information and documents that should be taken along.
  • Make plans with your sitter for emergencies that might prevent you for getting home on time.

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