Caring for Our Childen (CFOC)

Chapter 4: Nutrition and Food Service

4.9 Food Safety

4.9.0 Supply of Food and Water for Disasters

In areas where natural disasters (such as earthquakes, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods) occur, a seventy-two hour supply of food and water should be kept in stock for each child and staff member (1). For some areas, an additional thirty-six hour supply may be needed, for example those areas at risk during hurricane season. The supply of food and water should be dated to know by which time it should be used to avoid its expiration date.
It may take seventy-two hours or longer for help to arrive in some areas after a natural disaster of great magnitude. The direct path of a hurricane or other natural disaster cannot always be anticipated and it is not possible for supplies to be brought into some disaster locations until: a) efforts to rescue/save lives are completed and b) needs of communities/populations are assessed.
Child care providers should periodically use and replace the food and water supplies from the emergency supplies to ensure usage before expiration dates. A child care facility should consult with their local health authority or local emergency preparedness agency to integrate disaster planning within the community.
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RELATED STANDARDS Disaster Planning, Training, and Communication
  1. American Public Health Association. Get ready.