Being Prepared For An Emergency in Early Education 

No one likes to think about bad things happening in a childcare center or a school, but everyone has the “nightmare” list…the problems you hope you never face. Oftentimes, it’s this uncomfortable feeling that causes some people to avoid planning for these events. It simply becomes easier to focus on other parts of the business. The typical nightmare list includes the following:

  • Child left on a bus or van
  • Kidnapping
  • Child gets off campus
  • Child gets hurt in your school (or at home), and you get blamed
  • Violent parent in the building
  • Bus or van is involved in traffic accident
  • Anything bad that makes the local news
  • Robbery
  • Fire
  • Tornado
  • Hurricane
  • Flooding

We have seen every one of these nightmares. Much like driving to work in the morning, we all know that someone will be in a serious accident every day, but we all believe it will happen to someone else. That’s one of the beauties of the human psyche. Nonetheless, you still avoid being the serious accident by…not following too closely, not texting, not reading the paper, not driving with your knees while you juggle breakfast…etc.

You are not the accident because you are prepared if something bad happens. It’s no different for you and your early education company. While you can’t avoid every accident, you can avoid nearly all of them when you’re prepared.

Over the years, we have seen some genuinely good centers and schools damaged or ended by these very threats. All of these items can be managed effectively, and the answers are fairly obvious. The key is to be disciplined enough to make yourself insert the necessary and correct protective measures. If you don’t already do it, you should perform your S.W.O.T. analysis at least once a year. If you have any questions about how to protect yourself and the people who depend on you, don’t hesitate to see other BFS® publications (blogs, videos and coming soon the BFS® operations manual) or consult with other appropriate professionals.

Best to you….Brad Barnett, President BFS®

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