Resources

The Community Colleges, Child Care Resource Centers and Emergency Operation Centers in each region in Maryland have additional training opportunities and educational materials that can assist child care providers in the development of emergency preparedness plans as well as address other health & safety issues.




Child Care Providers Emergency Preparedness Links


The Maryland Emergency Management Agency - MEMA - website has a growing library of information about family and personal preparedness and emergency management in Maryland.

Prepare is a website maintained by the American Red Cross. Available in large type and a dozen foreign languages, it is both comprehensive and user friendly. There are separate areas for seniors and kids.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA - has a comprehensive site with detailed information for families plus educational material about disasters - from chemical spills to winter storms.

Better Kids Care - is a comprehensive site  based at Penn State with detailed child care specific information for emergency preparedness.  There are sample plans and forms here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent section on Emergency Preparedness & Response. It emphasizes health issues related to disasters.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - This is a great interactive site for teachers, parents and children.  It has information about natural disasters as well as other potential safety hazards. Risk Watch is the first comprehensive injury prevention program available for use in schools. Developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) with co-funding from the Home Safety Council™ and in collaboration with a panel of respected safety and injury prevention experts, Risk Watch gives children and their families the skills and knowledge they need to create safer homes and communities.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides information about how to prepare for potential terrorist attacks.  It has specific tips for what to do in workplaces and schools.  It also has an interactive site for children.

American Academy of Pediatrics:  Family Readiness Kit:  Preparing to Handle Disasters
The Family Readiness Kit was developed after talking with over 250 families, like yours. The ideas they shared were used to make a set of materials which reflect the needs of most families. Even though all families are unique, this information helps most of us to understand the basic information about preparing for a disaster.

For information regading an all hazards alert radio, please use the following link:  http://www.weather.gov/nwr/schools/faq.htm#5