Webinar: Emergency Preparedness Webinar


When: Thursday, February 4, 2010, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Disastrous and near disastrous events over the past several years have raised everyone’s awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness. Early childhood programs must be alert and ready to respond efficiently and appropriately to a wide range of emergency situations. Therefore, the TTA Center has designed an interactive webinar to engage you and key staff in examining the components of, and processes for developing a robust emergency plan that reflects adherence to federal requirements for Head Start and Child Care. We will also discuss the importance of dovetailing your plan with your community’s and state’s plan.

You can participate in two ways:

1)     Join your colleagues at the TTA Center for the webinar and take part in onsite discussions about your program’s emergency preparedness planning; or

2)     Access the webinar from your office. If you participate in this way, we ask that you convene key managers in your program to watch the webinar together and follow up with discussion and problem solving.

Amy Spates, Program Specialist in Region I's Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will be presenting the webinar. Amy served as the Regional Emergency Management Specialist for ACF from December 2007 to September 2009. Currently, she works with states around the administration of their State Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant and technical assistance needs to support increasing access to, and quality of, child care for low income families. Amy will be joined by Sue Powers, Senior Manager, Aroostook County Action Program, who will share her program’s experience in putting their emergency preparedness plan into action when faced with an unexpected emergency – the disastrous floods of April 2008.

Whether you join us in person at the TTA Center, or participate from your program, please register yourself and your staff so we can provide you with additional information following the webinar and documentation of your training hours. Our webinar format offers ample time for you to gain the latest information on emergency preparedness, ask questions, share strategies and information with colleagues within and across states, and reflect on best practices.