Child Care Initial Rapid Damage Assessment
In the aftermath of a disaster, as soon as it is safe to do so, it is imperative to
communicate the condition of your facility as well as status of your program with your
local Child Care Licensing/Regulatory Compliance Oﬃce as soon as possible but no
later than 2 days after the incident. Remember, safety comes ﬁrst! In an event of an
emergency, call 911. Make sure staﬀ and children are safe.
The Child Care Initial Rapid Damage Assessment tool was created to standardize the
initial rapid damage assessment of the child care community and to be better able to
eﬃciently and eﬀectively respond to situations by providing appropriate assistance
and information to families, child care facilities, regulatory agencies, emergency
management agencies, and the community.
Objectives of the Child Care Initial Rapid Damage Assessment
• To rapidly assess overall losses to child care facilities
• To rapidly assess interruptions in services provided by child care programs
• To rapidly assess the number of children and staﬀ impacted by the disaster
• To determine the overall operational capability and capacity of the child care
community immediately after a disaster
• To inform emergency management oﬃcials and community decision makers
of the damages sustained by the child care community
• To record available and/or needed resources to support the response and
recovery of the child care community
Reviews and/or updates to Emergency Preparedness Plans should be done within a 1-year period from the date
the plan was written, updated, or reviewed.
• Make sure all reviews and updates to the Emergency Preparedness Plan are documented and dated. Keep a dated
record of all changes made to the plan.
• Sign and date the plan after updates are made.
• Send a signed, dated copy of all updated plans to the appropriate county emergency management agency (EMA).
• Post the most current emergency plan in a conspicuous location, one that is easy for substitute staﬀ, volunteers,
parents, and program licensing/certiﬁcation inspectors to see.