Head Start Reaches Out to Providers about Emergencies
Since the devastating tornado in Moore, OK, Head Start has reached out to its Head Start and Early Head Start providers through email. They are sharing resources about preparing for and recovering from natural disasters. They plan to share email with their providers regularly. You can read their first email below.
Head Start and Early Head Start Providers:
The Office of Head Start (OHS) is taking proactive steps to ensure you are provided with the most updated and available resources which speak to natural disasters. However, we realize during these occurrences many are inundated with information.
We want to remain attentive to your needs while simultaneously ensuring a more coordinated approach to sharing resources as it relates to emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.
The OHS Region VI team will consolidate as much information as possible and prepare an e-blast to notify you and/or provide you with necessary resources when an adequate amount of information is available.
This week we are providing the following resource related links:
You can always find useful information on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website, specifically: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/response.
This site leads to the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response and lists several resources that might me beneficial - http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohsepr/disaster-in-oklahoma.
You can also find resources at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website as well as information provided by FEMA.
Along with your locally designed emergency response plan for severe weather, please remember the following:
Protect Yourself during a Tornado
With severe weather always a possibility during this time of the year, make sure you are ready to protect yourself during a tornado.
Where you seek shelter depends on where you are when the tornado is approaching;
If you are inside a building
- Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, or storm cellar, or the lowest level.
- If there is no basement; go to an interior room away from corners, windows, and doors in the lowest level of the structure. If you can, get under a table or heavy furniture
- Protect your arms, neck, and head
If you are in a trailer or mobile home
- Leave immediately and get to a storm shelter or the first floor of a sturdy building
If you are caught outside
- Don’t try to outrun a tornado in your car
- Get inside a storm shelter or nearby sturdy building
- If you are in your car, never get under an overpass or bridge.
- If a sturdy building is not available, seek shelter in a low-lying area-perhaps a ditch-cover your head with your hands, a helmet, or a coat or blanket if you have one