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

Responding to Emergencies and Disasters

Knowing what to do when an actual emergency or disaster happens will help you keep the children, your staff and yourself safe. Contact a Child Care Aware® of North Dakota Provider Support/Start-Up Consultant in your region if you have specific questions and or need additional information

If Your Program Needs to Close or Relocate

North Dakota Department of Human Services (DHS) rules require that child care providers report emergency closings and relocations to their licenser, within 24 hours. Because county workers are often called out of the office to help with during emergency response, your licenser may not be able to accept your call. This is why DHS also requests that providers report closings and relocations to their regional Child Care Resource and Referral office.

Caring for Additional Children and Hiring Temporary Staff

If a child care program is not affected by an emergency or disaster, they may be choose to take on additional children from other affected programs. The following forms must be completed and submitted if program takes in additional children or hires additional staff during an emergecy/disaster response.

  • SFN 815 - Child Intake Record needs to be completed and submitted when a licensed child care provider takes in additional children during an emergency or disaster.

  • SFN 508 - Background Check must be completed if a licensed child care provider brings an unlicensed indivdual or someone without a background check to provide additional help during an emergecy or disaster.