Report claims NC day care centers not prepared

Children at play

August 31, 2011 4:39:32 PM PDT
A new report claims North Carolina day care centers may not be as prepared as they should be in the event of an emergency.

Wanda Davis, director of Childcare Network on Western Boulevard in Raleigh, says her facility is prepared.

Childcare Network keeps several essential items conveniently placed in case of an emergency. Items include notebooks containing a daily sign-in sheet that tells administrators which children are in school on any given day.

Davis says they also have flashlights and blankets ready. Each classroom is equipped with a grab-and-go bag with first aid kits and a list of parents' phone numbers in case the day care has to evacuate.

However, a new report by Save the Children shows all licensed child care facilities may not be prepared.

According to the report, NC is one of 22 states that do not require facilities to have a plan to reunite families.

NC does make the grade when it comes to requiring evacuation and relocation plans and plans for special needs students. The state also requires k-12 schools to have a plan for multiple disasters.

Save the Children has created a school and a child care checklist. Click here to view it.

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