Emergency preparedness can drastically reduce the negative impact of trauma and stress on children. Find concrete steps program staff can take to prepare for emergencies and reduce trauma.
Programs can use this manual as a guide for their emergency planning process. Find the latest tools and resources to support children, families, and communities before, during, and after an emergency. An emergency may be a catastrophic natural event, like a hurricane, flood, or wildfire, or a man-made disaster, such as a shooting. No matter the crisis, early childhood programs need to be ready with impact, relief, and recovery plans.
Programs need to know how to prepare for and respond to potentially violent situations. Use this tip sheet to review recommended responses and resources to help programs create or revise plans.
Learn more about how your program can prepare for winter emergencies. Find tips on how to handle issues such as frostbite, hypothermia, and loss of power.
In the Embracing Health and Wellness series, learn about current research topics. Explore best practices and safety tips for Head Start and child care programs.
Use this tip sheet on mudslides and landslides to find out how to gauge risk, know what to do, and practice plans.
Tornadoes can happen anytime. Use this tip sheet to review tornado warning signs and learn what's required of and useful for practicing your disaster plan.
Learn about programs and agencies that can help grantees address facilities concerns and the needs of children and families affected by natural and man-made disasters.
Explore and share materials about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for families and programs.
Given the number of emergency scenarios that a Head Start program might encounter, it is critical for programs to put procedures in place for dealing with these special circumstances. Program directors and transportation managers may use this resource when establishing policies and procedures for ensuring adequate preparation of emergency evacuations and other transportation safety practices.