Resources for Educators and Child Care Programs

Emergency Preparedness

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COVID 19 Guidance for Early Care and Education

Before the Disaster

Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan

The Child Care Emergency Response Resource Handbook is available through the Lancaster County Emergency Management and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department Child Care Health Program.

Nebraska Extension offers in-service training to assist childcare providers and afterschool programs in developing an emergency preparedness plan. Please contact Jaclynn Foged or Lynn DeVries for more information.

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The following resources are provided by Child Care Aware® of America. Child Care Aware® of America and Sesame Street Communities have several webinars related to emergency preparedness. Each webinar will have handouts, tips, and resources for preparation for, response to, and recovery from a natural disaster or emergency event. All of the webinars and resources are FREE.

Child Care Emergency Kits – Do you know what to pack and where to find it?

Emergency Preparedness Toolbox

Sesame Street emergency preparation videos

Incorporating simple activities and games can help families plan ahead and stay safe during a natural disaster or emergency event. Click below to download the app now:

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During the Disaster

Implementing your Emergency Disaster and Safety Plans

Multihazard Planning for Childcare:
A free online course offered by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute. This course provides information and concrete steps to help childcare providers and afterschool programs prepare for the safety of the children and youth at their site.

Emergency Preparedness Training
Child Care Aware® of America offers training related to emergency preparedness.

Save the Children® created this quick guide including ten tips for keeping children and youth safe before, during, and after a flood.

After the Disaster


After the Disaster – Food Safety and Dealing with Mold in Your Child Care Setting

Post-Disaster Financial and Resource Needs of Child Care Programs

Helping Children Cope

There are ways to stay connected and calm during disaster events. Here’s an app you can download to help children and youth cope during a disaster using age-appropriate activities, children’s books, tip sheets, and more!

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Nebraska Specific Resources



  • Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
  • Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
  • Nebraska Family Helpline – 1-888-866-8660
  • Nebraska Rural Response Hotline – 1-800-464-0258
  • Boys Town National Helpline -1-800-448-3000

Public Service Announcements

The following public service announcements are brought to you by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Nebraska Extension’s Early Childhood and 4-H Youth Development teams.


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