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Emergency policies

  1. 1. ......... Emergency Policies & Evacuation Plan ............................
  2. 2. EMERGENCIES We must have numbers where parents can be reached, plus the number of a personal physician or clinic. It is extremely important that these numbers be kept current so that I may reach you when necessary, not just during emergencies. The numbers may be checked from time to time to verify their accuracy. In case of emergency, I carry a cell phone when I’m not at home. My cell phone number is 720-629-0979. Parents must sign an emergency medical treatment form. In the event of a medical emergency concerning your child, we will make every effort to contact you. If you cannot be reached, or time does not allow an attempt, the release form will be used. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS Emergency Drills: The childcare home will practice fire drills monthly. Other emergency drills for severe weather, lockdown, reverse evacuation and shelter-in place must be held 2 times each year. Emergency drills will be conducted at varying times of the day and week with all children and adults participating. Drill logs will list the names of all children and adults who participated, the date, time and type of drill. We feel that with the adequate advance preparation and safety conscience forethought, that accidents will be minimal and hopefully avoided. Any Emergency Requiring a Substitute: If a situation arises during regular child care hours, that is a personal or family emergency, the provider will arrange for an emergency substitute to come in, supervise the children, and call all the parents/guardians to advise them of the situation. Parents and/or guardians are expected to pick up their children within the hour. No tuition reimbursement will occur. Accidental Poisoning: • The provider will call the poison center • Provider will determine what the child got into • Follow the poison center’s recommendations • Call 911 if necessary. • Alert one of the parents of the incident. • Fill out accident form and mail in to Human Services.Adverse Weather: Should it become too hot or too cold in the child care home that the provider deems as an unsafesituation, she will contact the parents to come and pick up their child immediately. Automobile Accident: • Should the provider be involved in a car accident, she will attend to the needs of the children, find alternate transportation home if necessary, and notify all the parents of children in care. If the provider is incompacitated, she will have copies of the children’s records on file in the vehicle to aid the rescue crew.Blizzard: • Parents will be notified to pick up their children early before roads are inaccessible. • Parents unable to access the home shall call the provider to make arrangements for an alternate individual to pick up their child in their absence.
  3. 3. Child Not Picked up By Closing: • If a child is not picked up by closing time and the provider has not been contacted, she will try to call both parents and then the other people listed to pick up on the enrollment application. As required by the State, if no one can be reached, the provider will call the police and report them as abandoned. Provider will require the child to be picked up by the State authorized agency. Until the child is picked up, the child will be allowed to continue with free play or activities of their choice. A snack will be provided to the child if the child remains in the childcare home beyond 6:30pm.Earthquake: • Children will be moved to the basement /alternate child care area if not already on that floor. • The following supplies are stored in the basement: bottled water, food, blankets, first aid, telephone, batteries, and a flashlight. • Call 911 and parents to notify them of the situation. • Wait for help to arrive if necessary. Use equipment supplies in laundry area (contains toys, battery operated radio, flashlight, gallon of water, canned/dry food, cups, first aid supplies, extra batteries, and a blanket • If a relocation is necessary, children will be transported by the provider to a safe location in the 15 passenger Chevy Express Van. Once relocated, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phone Electrical Storms/High Winds/Hail: During electrical storms children will be kept away from windows and electric devices. All electric devices not required to be used will be turned off. Children afraid of thunder and lightening will be calmed to the best of my ability. • Gather all children and retreat to the area of the basement away from all windows. • Count children and retrieve any not accounted for. • Call 911 if necessary. • Treat any child who may need first aid. • Notify Parents and 911 if necessary. • Read books and play games to entertain the children. • Comfort any children who are scared. • Listen to the radio/news and stay in the alternate child care area until it’s safe to exit. Fire: We have three exits from the basement, two windows and the stairs. In case of a fire, the children will be taken through the walk-out basement door and we’ll meet in the front of the home. On the main level of the house, children will exit out the front or patio door or one of the four window exits if necessary. Once outside Provider will: • Call 911 • Wait for help to arrive. • If a relocation is necessary, children will be transported by the provider to a safe location in the 15 passenger Chevy Express Van. Once relocated, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phone Evacuation from the basement: • Remove children through the basement door or one of the windows leading to backyard or front yard. • If children are napping on other levels of the home, wake up and remove children from the highest levels of the home first and work down toward the basement. • Proceed through backyard gate into front yard and meet in the driveway. • Count all children to verify all are present. • Ask a neighbor to call about the fire. (If neighbor’s not home, use cell phone if necessary) • If all children are not present, tell the firemen where the child was. • Immediately notify parents of the situation.
  4. 4. • If a relocation is necessary, children will be transported by the provider to a safe location in the 15 passenger Chevy Express Van. Once relocated, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phoneEvacuation from the Ground Floor Level: • Remove children through back door , garage door or safest window area. • If children are napping on other levels of the home, wake up and remove children from the highest levels of the home first and work down toward the basement. • Proceed through backyard gate into front yard and meet in the driveway. If evacuated through front window or garage door proceed straight to the driveway. • Count all children to verify all are present. • Ask a neighbor to call about the fire. (If neighbor’s not home, use cell phone if necessary). • If all children are not present, tell the firemen where the child was. • Immediately notify parents of the situation. • If a relocation is necessary, children will be transported by the provider to a safe location in the 15 passenger Chevy Express Van. Once relocated, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phoneFlood: In the case of a flood, all children will be moved to the highest level of the home. • Move all children from the basement to the main floor. If more than two children unable to climb the stairs on their own, take two and return for the others. • Get Cell Phone • Call 911 and parents to notify them of the situation. • If a relocation is necessary, children will be transported by the provider to a safe location in the 15 passenger Chevy Express Van. Once relocated, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phoneGas Leak/Neighborhood Evacuation: • Load children into 15 passenger, Chevy Express vehicle and go the 1080 S Ouray St., Aurora, CO 80013 • Call all parents as to our condition and location and request them to pick up their children immediately.Adverse Weather: Should it become too hot or too cold in the child care home that the provider deems as an unsafe situation, she will contact the parents to come and pick up their child immediately.Injured Child: • Small bumps, scrapes and cuts will have first aid administered per doctor’s recommendations on the health form. • The parent will be notified at pick up time as to what happened. • For injuries more severe, the provider will call 911 and then notify the parents. • Should the child need transported, the provider will relay the parent’s choice of hospital as indicated by intake records and the child will either be transported by ambulance or in the Provider’s 15 passenger van.Lost Child:Lost from Daycare Home: • If a child is lost, all remaining children will be gathered in one area while the provider checks the remainder of that floor of the missing child. • Ask other children if they saw where the child went.
  5. 5. • Check other levels of the home. • Check outdoors, looking up and down the street, shouting the child’s name. • Check the backyard, garage and shed for child. • If the child cannot be found, the police and parents will be notified.Lost during Field Trip: • Gather remaining children and have them stay with another child care provider, an employee of site, or with a school-age child so the provider can check the remainder of that floor of the missing child. • Ask other children if they saw where the missing child went. • Check outdoors, looking up and down the street, shouting the child’s name. • Check other levels of the building. • If lost at the park/outside, place all remaining children in the car and drive around checking adjoining blocks. • If the child cannot be found, the police and parents will be notified.Lockdown: • Direct all children in the home, to the main childcare area of the basement. • Check all windows and doors to be sure they are locked and secured on all levels of the home. • Close the blinds in the childcare area to prevent any intruder from seeing in the home. • Turn out lights and computer monitors. • Keep children quiet. • Notify all parents of the lockdown and advise that they will be contacted when it is safe to pick up their child. • Stay in safe areas until directed by law enforcement officers or provider to move or evacuate. Never open doors during a lockdown, even in the event of a fire alarm. For further directives, law enforcement officers and provider will have keys to open the doors or announcements will be made. • Provider will contact all parents when the lockdown has been lifted. • If a relocation from the childcare home is necessary, children will be directed by a law enforcement officer or provider to a safe location. Children will be loaded in the provider’s 15 passenger van to be relocated. Once evacuated from the home, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phone.Tornado Watch/Warning: Once we’re aware of a tornado watch or warning, the children will remain inbasement away from all windows and doors. We keep a supply of bottled water, some food, blankets, first aidsupplies, telephone, a battery operated radio, fresh batteries, and a flashlight in the basement. • Gather all children and retreat to the safest location in our childcare area. • Count children and retrieve any not accounted for. • Call 911 if necessary. • Treat any child who may need first aid. • Notify parents of situation. • Read books and play games to entertain the children. • Comfort any children who are scared. • Listen to the radio and stay in the alternate childcare area until it’s safe to exit. • If a relocation from the childcare home is necessary, children will be directed by a law enforcement officer or provider to a safe location. Children will be loaded in the provider’s 15 passenger van to be relocated. Once evacuated from the home, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phone.
  6. 6. • Reverse evacuation: Persons (provider and her childcare children) seek shelter and safety inside a building or home when said persons are outside the building or home and are faced with a threat, such as an armed individual or a dangerous animal. Once in a safe location provider will: • Call 911 if necessary • Notify parents of situation. • If a relocation from the childcare home is necessary, children will be directed by a law enforcement officer or provider to a safe location. Children will be loaded in the provider’s 15 passenger van to be relocated. Once evacuated from the home, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phone.• Shelter-in place: Persons (provider and her child care children) who are in a building or home will seek shelter in the building or home from an external threat. Once in a safe location provider will: • Call 911 if necessary • Notify parents of situation. • If a relocation from the childcare home is necessary, children will be directed by a law enforcement officer or provider to a safe location. Children will be loaded in the provider’s 15 passenger van to be relocated. Once evacuated from the home, provider should take roll to account for all children present and immediately notify parents of the relocation. Provider will keep in communication with her cell phone.

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