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State Licensing Regulations About Emergency Preparedness

Published: September 13, 2012

Licensing is a process administered by State governments that sets a baseline of requirements below which it is illegal for facilities to operate, unless they are legally exempt from licensing. States have regulations that include the requirements facilities must comply with and policies to support the enforcement of those regulations. The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education’s Web site has State child care regulations at http://nrckids.org/STATES/states.htm.

The following includes information about States that address emergency preparedness in their licensing regulations for child care centers, and small and large family child care (FCC) homes.These data were compiled from The 2008 Child Care Licensing Study (2010), by NCCIC and the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA). The full report, executive summary, and State data tables and profiles from this study are available on NARA’s Web site at http://www.naralicensing.org/Licensing_Study. NCCIC does not endorse any non-Federal organization, publication, or resource.

State Regulatory Requirements

Child Care Centers

States With Specific Requirements About Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Centers*

Requirement

Number of States

State

State has specific requirements about emergency preparedness

36

AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI

Centers must have emergency plans/procedures for natural disasters (e.g., tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other weather)

31

AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NE, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI

Centers must have emergency plans/procedures for utility-related problems (e.g., blackouts)

8

AL, DE, GA, IA, MA, OH, OK, UT

Centers must have emergency plans/procedures for intruders/acts of violence**

5

DE, IA, OH, OK, VA

N=36 states, excluding AK, AZ, FL, ID, KY, LA, ME, MT, NC, NH, NY, RI, VT, WV, WY
*Some states have multiple emergency preparedness requirements.
**“Intruders/Acts of violence” includes intruders within the center, intoxicated parents, lost or abducted children, threats of violence, man-made disasters, and others.

Small FCC Homes

States With Specific Requirements About Emergency Preparedness for Small FCC Homes*

Requirement

Number of States

State

State has specific requirements about emergency preparedness

26

AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NV, OK, RI, TX, UT, WI

Small FCC homes must have emergency plans/procedures for natural disasters (e.g., tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other weather)

21

AL, AR, CO, DC, GA, HI, IA, IL, KS, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NV, OK, TX, UT, WI

Small FCC homes must have emergency plans/procedures for utility-related problems (e.g., blackouts)

7

AL, DC, GA, MA, MI, OK, UT

Small FCC homes must have emergency plans/procedures for intruders/acts of violence**

0

 
N=26 states, excluding AK, AZ, DE, ID, IN, LA, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA, WV, WY
*Some states have multiple emergency preparedness requirements.
**“Intruders/Acts of violence” includes intruders within the home, intoxicated parents, lost or abducted children, threats of violence, man-made disasters, and others.

Large FCC Homes

States With Specific Requirements About Emergency Preparedness for Large FCC Homes*

Requirement

Number of States

State

State has specific requirements about emergency preparedness

26

AL, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NV, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WV

Large/Group FCC homes must have emergency plans/procedures for natural disasters (e.g., tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other weather)

23

AL, CO, CT, GA, HI, IA, IL, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, NV, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TX, UT, VA, WV

Large/Group FCC homes must have emergency plans/procedures for utility-related problems (e.g., blackouts)

8

AL, GA, MA, MI, OH, OK, OR, UT

Large/Group FCC homes must have emergency plans/procedures for intruders/acts of violence**

1

OH

N=26 states, excluding AK, AR, AZ, DC, DE, ID, IN, KY, LA, MD, ME, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, TN, VT, WA, WI, WY
*Some states have multiple emergency preparedness requirements.
**“Intruders/Acts of violence” includes intruders within the home, intoxicated parents, lost or abducted children, threats of violence, man-made disasters, and others.

 

Updated October 2010