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Child-Care Facilities: YIKES! Emergency Planning
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, has developed a planning guide for child care providers, called Y.I.K.E.S.-- Your Inventory for Keeping Everyone Safe.
Here is the Introduction from the YIKES Planning Guide.
Links to the entire package of YIKES information are provided below.
People in Maine are no strangers to emergencies. In recent years, floods, ice storms and toxic spills from overturned trucks and railroad cars have required temporary closure, evacuation and relocation of children from child care facilities. In such emergencies children may or may not understand what is happening and may not be physically or developmentally able to rescue or protect themselves. Child Care programs that have followed the steps toward preparedness and planning are better able to protect lives and to return to normal operation in a shorter time period.
YIKES Planning Guide serves as a planning tool for Maine Child Care Programs. It provides basic preparedness and planning information that can be customized to fit the size and needs of your program.
All programs must have a written emergency response plan.
Here are three suggestions as you begin your planning:
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