Iowa law requires child care providers to have a written emergency plan in place by October 1, 2016. Emergency plans must include procedures for:

  1. Evacuation and relocation
  2. Sheltering-in-place
  3. Lockdown
  4. Addressing the individual needs of children, including those with functional or access needs
  5. Communication and reunification with parents and other approved individuals
  6. Continuity of operations

There are templates and tools available for child care providers to help meet your program's needs. You are not required to use any of the templates and tools offered, although the tools and templates will help you meet requirements in Iowa law.

Emergency Preparedness - Planning Guide

Emergency Preparedness - Planning Template Instructions

  • EP Planning Template in Adobe Acrobat fillable format (download & save to use) - blank document
  • EP Planning Template in Word format (download & save to use) - blank document

A few suggestions to keep in mind as you develop the emergency plan for your program:

  • Keep your plan simple so you and your staff can remember the important steps to do when an emergency happens.
  • Keep your plan in a place where it is available to reference.
  • Train on and practice your plan to everyone knows what needs to be done. You and your staff's actions should be instinctive and decisive.
  • Update your plan at least annually. Make necessary changes after conducting drills or an actual event.

Optional Forms:

Forms in .pdf format

Forms in Word Template format

Bomb Threat Information Bomb Threat Information
Child Enrollment Information Child Enrollment Information
Child Identification Card Child Identification Card
Child Injury - Incident Report Form  
Child Release Form Child Release Form
Damage Assessment Form Damage Assessment Form
Equipment Checks for detectors, extinguishers & evacuation equipment Equipment Checks for detectors, extinguishers & evacuation equipment
Evacuation Drill Permission Form Evacuation Drill Permission Form
Exit Signs for fire & tornado evacuation  
Parent Letter with emergency information & card Parent Letter with emergency information
Practice Drill Evaluation Tool Practice Drill Evaluation Tool
Practice Drill Recording Form Practice Drill Recording Form
Relocation Posting Relocation Posting
Relocation Shelter Agreement Relocation Shelter Agreement
Risk & Hazard Assessment Risk & Hazard Assessment
Site Diagram for evacuation locations Site Diagram for evacuation locations
Supply Kit List for short & long term emergencies Supply Kit List for short & long term emergencies

Links to Healthy Child Care Iowa Forms:

Child Care Weather Watch Form

First Aid Checklist

Other Resources:

Reunifying children with their families:

  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reunification system is a 24-hour hotline.  1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)/TTY 1-800-826-7653 or www.misskids.com
  • The Unaccompanied Minors Registry (UMR) is a tool for reporting children who have been separated from their parents or legal guardians as a result of a disaster - www.missingkids.com/DisasterResponse
  • The National Emergency Child Locator Center (NECLC) is activated immediately after a Presidentially-declared disaster.  1-866-908-9572 or https://egateway.fema.gov/inter/nefrls/home.htm

General Emergency Preparedness:

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Trauma and Emotional Support:

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