What this means for child care programs:
- Plan out your travel routes, do you cross over or under any roads? How would your route change if these routes were suddenly closed?
- Review your communication plans. The collapse in Atlanta stranded people in grid-lock for hours. Parents, how would you communicate to your provider about the delay? Providers, what message would you send to parents?
- Ensure your child has extra clothes/supplies in case an extended stay is needed.
- Plan out several routes to and from your child care program.
- Review procedures and policies for family reunification. A relative may need to pick up the child – how do you handle releasing the child to a non-custodial parent or family member?
- Review staffing policies, are staff expected to remain until all children are returned to their parents?
How do you know your children’s child care providers are prepared for emergencies? An updated resource, Parents: Is Your Child Care Program Prepared for a Disaster? is now available for download in both English and Spanish formats.