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Pediatric Disaster Preparedness

Contact the Bureau of Preparedness and Response

  •  850-245-4040

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    Florida Department of Health 

    4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A23 

    Tallahassee, FL 32399 

This page contains resources for community pediatric planning, including child care and school planning. For example: Samples and examples of child care facility emergency planning templates, facility emergency operations plans, and community disaster drills.

Child Care Facilities Emergency Planning Guide & Templates Working Together to be Prepared - Planning guide directed to day care providers and facility managers, intended to provide assistance in meeting planning requirements necessary to protect employees and children in the facility. The document provides planning instructions, a template facilities can use to insert information, and emergency checklists. Developed by Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, Child Care Licensing.

Disaster Day Care Guide – This web page contains resources and a guide for helping child care providers establish an Emergency Response Plan.  Resources were developed as a collaboration of the Florida Departments of Health in Hernando and Pasco counties in coordination with the Early Learning Coalition, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and Hernando and Pasco County emergency management.

Disaster Preparedness Plan 2011 - Ft. Lauderdale Children's Medical Services - Plan developed by the Ft. Lauderdale Children's Medical Services (CMS) office which works in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Health Care services Division of Broward County to implement a Broward County emergency shelter for children with special health care needs.

Emergency Disaster Plan for Child Care Centers - An example of a simple one page document that a child care center can use to fill in critical information for emergency planning. California Department of Social Services.

Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County Disaster Preparedness - Handout to assist child care programs develop disaster emergency plans, contains links to websites with disaster planning resources including a sample disaster plan template.

Emergency (Evacuation) Plan Template - Emergency plan template for evacuation of child care facilities in case of an emergency.  The template includes emergency evacuation policy and procedures for a variety of potential hazards and provides a format for inserting facility information.  Developed by North Carolina department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development.

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness: A Resource for Planning, Management and Provision of Out-of-Hospital Emergency Care - Publication designed to focus on the practical and essential elements of pediatric pre-hospital emergency care in planning for disasters and terrorism. Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine New York University Medical Center, 2008. Check out the site for other resources.

Protecting Children in Child Care During Emergencies - Recommended State and National Regulatory and Accreditation Standards for Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers and Supporting Rationale - Developed by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and Save the Children, Domestic Emergencies Unit, December.

Providing Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: A Community Planning Guide - Provides community planners, as well as planners at the institutional, state, and federal levels information on planning for and responding to a mass casualty event. Includes considerations for pediatric issues. Note: This document has been archived with a notation that, "it was current when produced and may now be outdated." Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide for Child Care Centers and Child Care Homes - These guidelines were developed for child care centers/child care homes in the State of Illinois to help with their development of a plan for emergency situations. Tailor these guidelines to meet the needs of your child care center/
child care home and consult with key representatives within your agency to ensure compliance with state and federal
laws and regulations.

U.S. Department of Education Emergency Planning - Webpage with information that can help school leaders plan for any emergency, including natural disasters, violent incidents, and terrorist acts.

Talking to Kids about Disasters: Parents and teachers should visit for information on helping kids (from birth to 11+ years old) cope after an emergency situation. Another helpful resource is a 16-page Ready Kids Activity Book, which teaches children about emergency preparedness through cartoon strips, crossword puzzles and coloring pages.

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free Adobe Reader may be required to view these files.