Coping With A Crisis In Child Care Settings
While most injuries are predictable and preventable, it is important to be prepared if emergencies do occur.

Post these numbers next to the Phone

  • 911 Emergency Services
  • ambulance, fire and police where 911 is not in use.
  • local hospital/medical center
  • Your facility/home address and phone number
  • POISON CONTROL CENTER for your area. Call your local health unit or licensing department if you do not have the number or check your local telephone book.
  • Social Services in the event of suspected abuse.
  • local Licensing Office
  • local Health Unit/Department
  • alternate provider in case of emergency
Keep in a small box by the phone up-to-date file cards which list:
  • work and home phone numbers of parents/guardians and emergency contacts
  • names, addresses and phone numbers of children's doctors and dentists
  • medical information/insurance numbers (See: Example Emergency Card)
  • Make sure all phone numbers and contacts are keep current!
First Aid Kits
  • Attach a list of contents to the inside cover or lid of all First Aid Kits and check it regularly! Keep it well stocked.
  • Place a copy of the file card (above) inside your First Aid Kit for emergencies during field trips away from the home as well.
  • Keep a roll of quarters in any portable First Aid Kits for emergency phone calls to hospitals, parents, doctors or others.
  • Remember - You can dial 911 without using a coin!
  • Take a First Aid Course and keep it current!
Practicing injury prevention is the foundation for ensuring all children's safety.
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