A program of Lutheran Social Services in western North Dakota and Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership in eastern North Dakota

Emergencies & Disasters

Child care providers must be prepared to provide a safe and secure environment for children during and after a disaster.

The Child Care Aware® of North Dakota Emergency Preparedness for Child Care training course is a good first step. This EZ Reach online course will help you develop the skills needed to prepare, respond and assess the potential hazards of 37 types of North Dakota disaster declarations - the most common being natural disasters caused by severe storms, tornados and flooding.

Visit the Child Care Aware® of North Dakota Training Center to search and register for training.

Develop an Emergency/Disaster Preparation Plan
An all-hazard emergency preparedness plan, developed in collaboration with emergency management officials and others, should include:

  • Plans for evacuating and relocating children and staff.
  • Plans for shelter-in-place and lock-down.
  • Plans to accommodate children with disabilities and chronic medical needs.
  • Plans for reunifying children and families or caregivers.

These plans should be reviewed and updated regularly and shared with parents and the community. Drills should also be done on a regular basis to help children practice their response in the event of a real fire or tornado.

Create a Closure/Relocation Plan
It may be necessary for a child care program to close or relocate after a disaster if the facility is damaged, unsafe or not accessible due to flooding or road closures.

North Dakota licensing regulations require child care programs to have a written closure/relocation plan on file. Programs closures/relocations must be reported to the North Dakota Department of Human Services within 24 hours.

There are also special steps providers need to take if they choose to take on additional children and hire temporary staff during an emergency response.