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Preparing for Power Outages: Resources from Child Care Aware of America

Jan 26, 2023    |   Safe & Healthy ECE Programs

Power outages may occur for many reasons, including winter weather. There are many things child care providers can do to be better prepared in the event of a power outage. Child Care Aware of America shares a variety of resources and recommendations for early learning and care providers. 

Find the full list of resources here. A few especially important tips are included below. 

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of the facility.

  • Review supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries.

  • Have enough nonperishable food and water.

  • Make sure you have extra blankets for cold weather.

  • Write down your electric company’s telephone number and consider saving their website to your mobile phone. This will make it easier to check your outage status if the power goes out.

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