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
Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning Guide for Child Care

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 so 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

Bomb Threat Information

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Child Enrollment Information

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Child Identification Card

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Child Injury - Incident Report Form

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Child Release Form

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Damage Assessment Form

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Equipment Checks for detectors, extinguishers & evacuation equipment

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Evacuation Drill Permission Form

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Exit Signs for fire & tornado evacuation

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Parent Letter with emergency information & card

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Practice Drill Evaluation Tool

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Practice Drill Recording Form

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Relocation Posting

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Relocation Shelter Agreement

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Risk & Hazard Assessment

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Site Diagram for evacuation locations

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Supply Kit List for short & long term emergencies

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Forms in Word Template format

Bomb Threat Information

Download »

Child Enrollment Information

Download »

Child Identification Card

Download »

Child Release Form

Download »

Damage Assessment Form

Download »

Equipment Checks for detectors, extinguishers & evacuation equipment

Download »

Evacuation Drill Permission Form

Download »

Parent Letter with emergency information & card

Download »

Practice Drill Evaluation Tool

Download »

Practice Drill Recording Form

Download »

Relocation Posting

Download »

Relocation Shelter Agreement

Download »

Risk & Hazard Assessment

Download »

Site Diagram for evacuation locations

Download »

Supply Kit List for short & long term emergencies

Download »

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.missingkids.org
  • 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 - http://www.missingkids.org/ourwork/disasters
  • 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:

Child Care:

Business:

Trauma and Emotional Support: