Wrap Up

Points to Remember

Think Prepare Act

  • Make sure your emergency preparedness plan addresses relocation to an alternate shelter location and emergency lock-downs.
  • Make sure your emergency preparedness plan includes staff responsibility of orderly movement of children to a designated lock-down location, addresses how your operation plans to provide continual care for children during an emergency and addresses how your operation will reunite children with their parents following an emergency.
  • Your operation is now required to practice severe weather sheltering drills at least four times in a calendar year and lock-down drills at least four times in a calendar year.
  • For child care centers (chapters 744 and 746), you must ensure your emergency diagrams are posted in view of children and caregivers.

These minimum standard rule amendments were published 9/1/2016 and are currently in effect. All day care operations will receive technical assistance surrounding compliance with these amendments until 3/1/2017.

Additional Resources

FEMA - Multihazard Planning for Child Care

2 hour web-based course that covers preparation and plan development

REMIND - Communication Service

Learn how it works

Virtual Lab School – Preparing for Emergencies

Guidance, video demonstrations and job aids

Texas AgriLife Extension Services - Family and Consumer Sciences

Child care training resources

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