Child Development Lab

Emergency Preparedness Plan

  • Fire

    Fire evacuation plans are posted in each room. Fire drills are practiced every month with the date, time, number present, and evacuation time recorded. An evacuation crib(s) is located in/near the entrance of the infant room and used to evacuate infants and non-ambulatory children. The building has a fire alarm/sprinkler system, which is tested and maintained by the University.

  • Tornado

    Tornado drills are practiced periodically with regular drills throughout February-June. Children are evacuated to the approved Severe Weather Shelter Area.

    Hall office doors are closed, fire doors are closed and a “heads down” position is practiced. A battery-powered radio is kept on hand in the office and taken to the evacuation site during drills.

  • Bomb Threat

    See the Fire Evacuation information.

  • Staff Training 

    The staff is trained during new hire orientation in the procedures used for emergency situations. In addition to training, they are made familiar with the location and function of the fire alarms, extinguishers, fire panel, and switches. The student staff is also made familiar with emergency procedures during initial student staff meetings each semester.

  • Emergency Contact Book

    When a child is registered at the CDL the parents/guardians are asked to complete an emergency contact form.

    With parental permission a current photograph of each child will be attached to the back of the information page.

    The original of this form is kept in the child’s classroom in a binder designated as the emergency contact book. Anytime the center is evacuated the book is taken with the staff as part of the evacuation procedures including drills.

    • This means that in case of an actual emergency evacuation staff will have all information necessary to contact parents or to receive emergency medical care for a child.
    • We ask parents to update this information anytime there is a change in the information both in the classroom and the director’s office.

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