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Emergency Planning Guide for Child-Serving Organizations


This section of the PPN site provides a guide to help child-serving organizations prepare for emergencies. You can use it to:

  • Learn about promising practices in emergency preparedness planning, such as how to create a plan for communicating with families and others during an emergency, which supplies to assemble and store for emergencies, and what types of practice exercises your organization might want to undertake.
  • Identify specific steps you can take to prepare and obtain tools you can use to help guide you through preparedness activities.

Who should use this guide?

The information in this guide is tailored to organizations that provide direct social services to children and families, such as child care centers, after-school programs, and camps. However, the information is likely to be helpful to other organizations that work with children and families, including schools and health care providers.


How can this guide help you?

This guide helps you focus your planning on the emergencies that would be likely to have the most impact on your organization so that you can make the best use of your organization's time and resources. The guide provides information on high-priority actions that an organization can take to develop, improve and maintain an emergency plan. Anticipating the actions your organization may need to take during any kind of emergency is the best way to prepare your organization to respond to and recover from an emergency. The actions recommended in this section have these characteristics:

  • They are applicable to the widest range of emergencies
  • They primarily focus on actions to be taken before and during an emergency
  • They have been recommended by multiple credible emergency preparedness resources

We have reviewed the literature and links on emergency preparedness, and we provide easy access here to what is known about the best approaches that child-serving organizations can use to prepare for emergencies.



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