Indiana develops disaster guide for child care

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The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has issued a guide to help prepare child care providers for disasters.

Agency planner Nancy Morris says Indiana is among the first states to create such a guide and to design a training program for providers.

Child care providers are currently required only to have a plan in case of fire or severe weather situations. The new Child Care Preparedness Guide covers other emergencies including flash flooding, hazardous spills, earthquakes and threats of violence.

The 45-page guide can be found online.

It was developed in partnership with the Indiana School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children, the state departments of health and education, the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral and the Indiana Family Social Services Administration.

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