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Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Evacuation Procedures Plan

The complete Lindgren Child Care Center Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Evacuation Procedures Plan is posted behind the emergency routes on each exit door and also behind the main office door.

  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Evacuation Procedures Plan, Appendix VI-A
PLAN DESIGNATED PERSON
Shelter in place: danger outside of the building or danger inside the building; lockdown. All doors are locked, all shades are drawn, children and staff gather in safe places:  preschool cubby areas, by toddler hand sink, in the staff room and store room, infants on the infant floor. We will admit no one until we get the all clear from authorities.

Associate Director and if both director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are the designated persons to assume authority.

Evacuate because of fire: fire evacuation routes are posted on all of the doorways, and have diagrams indicating which area of the center uses which exit.  Age groups of children assemble as far away from the building as possible, then proceed as a group with their staff to either the parking lot N just west of the building, or to the Education Building. In the event of fire in the center, direct exits lead from the infant, toddler, and preschool rooms to the outside. General guidelines include: follow the exit map on your classroom door; keep children in group and away from the building; take head counts and roll attendance when outside; hold children’s hands when exiting.  All classrooms are equipped with smoke detectors. [Staff Handbook p. 4]

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.

Evacuate because of tornado: tornado evacuation routes are posted on all of the doorways, and have diagrams indicating which area of the center uses which exit.  Age groups of all children assemble in the ECC 123 conference room, crouching next to the walls and/or under the conference table. When weather is threatening, keep children’s play away from the windows.  Monthly tornado drills are conducted April to September.  When evacuation is deemed necessary, children exit out of the north door and walk down corridor to room ECC 123. Children should crouch near the walls in the ‘tuck’ position, and cover their heads with their arms. [Staff Handbook p. 4]

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.

Missing children: The staff person in charge will constantly maintain a head count. If a child is missing, the staff person in charge will immediately notify SCSU Security, delegate another person to be in charge, and go in search of the child.  If the child is not found in 10 minutes, the St. Cloud Police Department will be notified.

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.
If this should occur during transition, the assistant director would assume authority, and designate another staff person to be in charge.

Security Threats: If we are advised to evacuate not only our current space but also the ECC building, we will go to the A120 lounge of the Education Building. Easy automobile access to this area is from N Parking Lot, or 4th Avenue. We will post this information on signs on our doors when we leave the ECC Building. When advised to shelter in place, we will lock all doors, pull blinds, and admit no one until we get the all clear from authorities.[Staff Handbook, p.5]

St. Cloud State University maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Procedure, and an easy-to-use flip chart of these procedures is located in the Lindgren Child Care Center office as well as in the classrooms. The overall plan is intended to be sufficiently flexible to accommodate contingencies of all types, magnitudes, and duration.

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.

Utility Failure: The Lindgren Child Care Center will close as does the University when there is a power or other utility failure.  In the event the current needs to be cut, the person in charge will notify the ECC Building Manager. [Staff Handbook, p.4]

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.

Emergency transport and escort from the program: If your child becomes seriously injured, we will cal Gold Cross Ambulance Services for transport to the St. Cloud Hospital emergency room. You will be notified to go to the hospital; a staff person will accompany your child to ER and stay until you arrive.  St. Cloud Hospital, 1406 6th Avenue N.; St. Cloud, MN 56303 320.251.2700. [Parent Handbook p., 13]

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.

Practice and drill: Fire and Tornado Procedures: The Center practices monthly fire drills and follows routine evacuation procedures.  We practice monthly tornado drills April to September.  Emergency evacuation routes are posted on all the exits. [Parent Handbook, p.13]

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.

Blizzard ProcedureThe Lindgren Child Care Center will follow the same schedule of weather-related closing as does the University. [Staff Handbook, p.4] Weather Related Closings: The center closes only on the rare circumstances that University classes are cancelled.  Cancellation information is broadcast on KCLD-FM and WJON-AM as well as ECCO-AM radio. We encourage parents to use their best judgment in determining whether or not their child will attend on severe weather days without undue risk. [Parent Handbook, pp. 13 – 14]

Associate Director is the designated person to assume authority, and if both the director and associate director are not on-site, lead teachers are designated.

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