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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 665. Child Care Program
4/2/2020

22VAC40-665-400. Procedures for Emergencies.

A. The vendor shall have a written emergency preparedness plan that addresses caregiver responsibility and home readiness with respect to emergency evacuation, relocation, lockdown, and shelter-in-place procedures. The plan shall address the most likely to occur emergency scenarios, including fire, severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, loss of utilities, earthquakes, intruders, violence on or near the premises, chemical spills, and facility damage or other situations that may require evacuation, lockdown, or shelter-in-place.

B. The emergency preparedness plan shall contain procedural components for:

1. Sounding of alarms (evacuation, intruder, shelter-in-place such as for tornado or chemical hazard);

2. Emergency communication to include:

a. Notification of local authorities (fire and rescue, law enforcement, emergency medical services, poison control, health department, etc.), parents, and local media; and

b. Availability and primary use of communication equipment;

3. Evacuation and relocation procedures, including:

a. Assembly points, designated relocation site, head counts, primary and secondary means of egress, and complete evacuation of the buildings;

b. Accommodations or special requirements for infants, toddlers, and children with special needs to ensure their safety during evacuation or relocation;

c. Securing of essential documents (attendance record, parent contact information, etc.) and special health care supplies to be carried off site on immediate notice;

d. Method of communication after the evacuation; and

e. Procedure to reunite children with a parent or authorized person designated by the parent to pick up the child;

4. Shelter-in-place, including:

a. Scenario applicability, inside assembly points, head counts, and primary and secondary means of access and egress;

b. Accommodations or special requirements for infants, toddlers, and children with special needs to ensure their safety during evacuation or relocation;

c. Securing essential documents (attendance record, parent contact information, etc.) and special health supplies to be carried into the designated assembly points;

d. Method of communication after the shelter-in-place; and

e. Procedure to reunite children with a parent or authorized person designated by the parent to pick up the child;

5. Lockdown procedures, including:

a. Methods to alert caregivers and emergency responders;

b. Methods to secure the family day home and designated lockdown locations;

c. Methods to account for all children in the lockdown locations;

d. Methods of communication with parents and emergency responders;

e. Accommodations or special requirements for infants, toddlers, and children with special needs to ensure their safety during lockdown; and

f. Procedure to reunite children with a parent or authorized person designated by the parent to pick up the child;

6. Caregiver training requirements, drill frequency, and plan review and update; and

7. Continuity of operations procedures to ensure that essential functions are maintained during an emergency.

C. A 911 or local dial number for police, fire, and emergency medical services and the number of the regional poison control center shall be posted in a visible and conspicuous place.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217, 63.2-319, and 63.2-611 of the Code of Virginia; 45 CFR 98.11.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 35, Issue 02, eff. October 17, 2018.

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