Respond

Response is the part of your emergency plan when you put your plans for responding to a health pandemic or virus outbreak in your community into action. The response phase for health pandemics can be long term.

Use this health pandemic procedure checklist to guide your response:

Type of Emergency: Health Pandemic

A health pandemic is declared.

Health pandemic response plan is activated.

If program remains open:

  • Activate your health pandemic procedures for maintaining a healthy environment
  • Activate your plan for communication with local, state, and other regulatory agencies
  • Follow guidance on symptom screening and self-report of symptoms
  • Activate your family communication plan
  • Activate your staff communication plan
  • Activate your plan for supporting staff members
  • Activate your plan for supporting families

If your program closes:

  • Activate your health pandemic procedures for remote learning and services
  • Activate your plan for communication with local, state, and other regulatory agencies
  • Follow guidance on symptom screening and self-report of symptoms
  • Activate your family communication plan
  • Activate your staff communication plan
  • Activate your plan for supporting staff members
  • Activate your plan for supporting families

Resources for supporting families, staff, and children during and after health pandemics:

COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit- Early Childhood

Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Managing Infectious Disease

Mental Health Resources to Support Response and Recovery

Staff Resources for Remote Services

Stress and Coping