Purchase Area Development District: Emergency Preparedness Backpacks for Child Care Centers

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

In meetings between the Purchase Area Development District and the U.S. Public Health Service Services Access Team, concerns surfaced regarding the lack of emergency preparedness of child care providers in the region and the EMS teams’ limited knowledge of where centers are located. One childcare provider suggested Emergency Preparedness Backpacks for Child Care Centers as a way to increase preparedness. Each backpack has an individualized index card on the outside with quick reference information for evacuation plans and contains a training video, first aid kit, and filing system containing emergency forms for each child enrolled in the child care center.

Jennifer Beck Walker, Executive Director: [email protected]

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