FEMA hosts a multi-hazard course for childcareEven though this course focuses on child care, it reviews several key points that generalize to our practice of caring for those with IDD.
IS-36: Multihazard Planning for Childcare
This course covers the steps to help childcare providers prepare for incidents to ensure the safety of the children at their site. Childcare providers must have plans and procedures to keep children safe from everyday hazards and to respond and recover when an emergency happens.
The goal of this course is to provide childcare providers, of all sizes and with responsibility for children of all ages, with the knowledge and tools to analyze the hazards and threats at the site, to develop a plan to address these hazards and threats, and to implement processes to update and practice the emergency plan.
The topics addressed in this course include:
Knowing your hazards.
Developing a plan.
Testing and updating your plan.
Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:
Describe why it is important to be prepared.
Identify hazards and threats that impact your childcare site.
Describe how to prevent or mitigate the impact of likely and high-consequence hazards and threats.
Describe procedures for when an emergency occurs.
Identify how your childcare site will recover from an emergency.
Describe how to develop and maintain your plan.
Describe how you will communicate, train, and practice your preparedness procedures.
Identify the emergency preparedness information you will share with your community.
Describe when to update your plan.
This course is designed for childcare providers of all sizes and for all age children, including, but not limited to, home childcare sites, childcare facilities, nursery schools, camps, scouts, sports programs, faith-based programs, and after-school programs. However, anyone with a personal or professional interest in childcare site preparedness is welcome to participate. Teachers, camp counselors, parents, volunteers, scout leaders, and coaches alike will find useful information in this course.
The course is found here: https://emilms.fema.gov/is36/index.htm