Blunt Urges Missouri Child Care Providers To Prepare For Emergencies

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Gov. Matt Blunt made new resources available to help child care providers prepare their homes and facilities for emergencies.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' Ready in 3 emergency preparedness program now includes resources for child-care providers designed to help providers prepare their facilities, staff and the children before an emergency happens.

"Missouri parents trust the safety of their children with child care providers and the resources we are making available today will help child care providers take proactive steps to keep Missouri's children protected during emergencies," Gov. Blunt said. "I encourage child care providers to talk with families they serve about their emergency plans and ask them to prepare an emergency kit for their child to stay at the facility so children will be comfortable during an emergency situation."

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"I urge Missouri's child care providers to take time out of their busy schedules to make emergency plans and prepare an emergency kit for their facility and the children in their care," said Jane Drummond, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS). "The ice and snow storms through the winter, and severe weather this spring, are a critical reminder that emergencies can affect anyone, anytime. Being prepared to act quickly and having plans and supplies in place can eliminate some of the stress in an emergency situation."

Blunt and Drummond noted that Missourians are not strangers to tornadoes, fires, floods, storms, and even power outages that leave little time to gather the needed essentials. By assuring that supplies such as adequate water, nutritional foods, essential medications, and comfort items are available, child care providers can ensure that the children in their care maintain a sense of well-being throughout an emergency.

The DHSS's recommendation is part of its Ready in 3 emergency preparedness initiative to remind Missourians of what they can do to prepare for emergencies of all kinds. Ready in 3 provides three simple steps to prepare for an emergency situation:

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