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Preparing for Disaster

by Cathy Grace and Elizabeth F. Shores
ITEM #: 4110004

Without warning, a catastrophic event can destroy an early childhood program. Based on Cathy Grace and Elizabeth Shores' experiences working in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, Preparing for Disaster: What Every Early Childhood Director Needs to Know explains the steps directors can take to ensure the safety of their program and the children they care for.

With forms, worksheets, staff-training workshops, and task lists, as well as helpful guidelines and insights, this groundbreaking guide is filled with practical advice for every program director:

  • Create a Disaster Readiness Master Plan—and implement it.
  • Train teachers and administrators how to react in a catastrophic event.
  • Educate parents about your disaster plan to reduce panic.
  • Learn to create planned evacuation routes and how to notify local emergency management agencies of your plans.
  • Complete insurance, inventory, records back-up, and rental agreement forms.

Preparing for Disaster provides practical advice and information to prepare for and respond to universal disasters like fires and epidemics and regional disasters such as tornadoes and earthquakes. Protect your program before disaster strikes.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1:
    • Disaster Preparedness: Responsibilities of the Director
    • A Letter Home
  • Chapter 2:
    • Disaster Preparedness: Responsibilities of the Staff
  • Chapter 3:
    • Guides for Staff Planning Session
    • Promoting Resilience in Children
    • Child Safety Precautions
    • Infection Control
    • Basic and Advanced First Aid
    • Sheltering in Place
    • Building Evacuation
    • Off-Site Relocation
    • Helping Children Cope After Disasters
  • Chapter 4:
    • Disaster Readiness Worksheets

Meet the Author…Cathy Grace

Cathy Grace served as the early childhood coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Education and assisted school districts in the implementation of public kindergarten throughout the state. Working with the Department of Human Services, Cathy coordinated the development of a family support/family preservation program that is now a statewide model. Cathy served as president of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association, served on the nomination panel for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and represented Mississippi on the Human Resources Committee of the Southern Regional Education Board. She also received the Outstanding Member of the Early Childhood Association in 2000.

Cathy Grace served as executive director of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), which gave her an opportunity to assist in the professional development of early childhood educators across the southern United States. She has spoken to groups across the country on behalf of children and families.

Mississippi State University appointed Grace to direct the National Center for Rural Early Childhood Learning Initiatives within the MSU Early Childhood Institute. She led a team of researchers at MSU and at partner universities and agencies to study gaps in early childhood services in rural communities and to develop research-based technical assistance models that can be replicated and adapted in diverse rural areas.

Dr. Grace retired from the institute in 2011 to serve as the director of early childhood development policy for the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. In June 2012, she returned to Mississippi and now serves as the director of early childhood education for the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative in Amory.

Meet the Author…Elizabeth Shores

Elizabeth F. Shores, MAPh, is the associate director for research, communications, and national initiatives of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University. Elizabeth was the editor of the journal Dimensions of Early Childhood and director of publications for the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) from 1990 to 1995. She also has published articles, book chapters, and monographs on the early history of developmental disabilities services in Arkansas, monographs on K-12 reform and child welfare reform in Arkansas, social studies curricula, and articles in various parenting publications.

ISBN: 978-0-876590-99-7

Preparing for Disaster