Daycare owners in Nevada must have Emergency Preparedness Plans in place to keep children safe during and after storms, power outages, fires, and other types of disasters. Facilities must conduct regular drills so staff and children know what to do if an emergency occurs. By properly preparing, daycare owners can reduce the risk of physical injury, emotional trauma, and death.
Preparing for Tornadoes and Earthquakes
Tornadoes can strike anywhere in the U.S. and Nevada daycares are not immune to the dangers. Although no recorded Nevada tornado has ever been categorized as larger or more powerful than an F1 tornado, these storms can destroy property and cause serious injuries or deaths. Daycare owners should have a safe room available to children and staff that is reinforced and can withstand a tornado. Facilities should conduct regular tornado drills so children and staff know what to do if a tornado is located nearby.
Nevada is the third-most seismically-active state in the nation. While tens of thousands of microearthquakes happen in Nevada each year, larger events are less common. In the Las Vegas Valley, even moderately sized earthquakes can destroy buildings, knock pedestrians to the ground, and cause structural damage to businesses and residences. This emphasizes the need for daycares to be prepared. Appliances and furniture should be secured and the facility should have flexible gas lines installed. The children need to be taught to stay away from windows and to get under desks or in door frames if an earthquake starts.
Preparing for Power Outages
In Nevada, a power outage in a daycare can mean that the children and staff may be exposed to high temperatures. The staff needs to be trained on how to care for children in the event of a prolonged power outage. It is best for a daycare facility to have a generator that can keep the premises cool and the power running during power outages.
Preparing for Fires
Fires can be caused by lightning strikes, electrical issues, and other things. Fires can cause substantial property damage, injury, and death. It is crucial that daycares have fire extinguishers and fire blankets available to put out small fires when they start. They should also practice regular fire drills so that the staff and children know where to go if a fire breaks out.