Emergency Cell Phone Number: 604-512-4114

Emergency Procedures in Case of an Earthquake

  • Children and staff will crouch under tables until the shaking stops
  • If we need to evacuate, we will follow the College and the Langara Child Development Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Earthquake (see below)
  • Staff from the Facilities Department will come to the centre as soon as possible to assess whether to re-enter the building

Langara Child Development Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for Earthquake:

  • When safe to do so, staff in each centre will quickly move children out of the building through safe designated exits (doors with illuminated exit signs).
  • The senior staff in each room will: 
    1. Stay behind and scan all areas of the room to ensure that all children have been taken out of the building.
    2. Get roll book and emergency pack located on the top of the fridge (First Aid Kit, Epipen, emergency medication, Emergency Consent Cards, sanitary supplies, pain relievers, shed key and cellphone).
    3. Tape day care cellphone number notice on front door.
    4. Join the others.
  • All groups will meet at the designated meeting spot -- the entrance to the path that encircles the golf course south of the campus beside B Building
  • Once outside and clear of the building, at the designated meeting spot, roll call will be made
  • If we are unable to re-enter the building for an extended period, we will walk to the closest Emergency Response Centre, which is located at the Sunset Community Centre on 51st Avenue at the corner of Prince Edward (one block east of Main Street)
  • If we go to any place other than the day care or the alternate location parents can reach staff by calling the cellphone number posted on the front door. If possible, a staff member will return to the day care area to direct parents to their children

Emergency Earthquake Drills

  • Conduct monthly emergency drills with the children, alternating fire drills and earthquake drills
  • Practice Emergency Evacuation Procedure during monthly drills
  • A designated person will record monthly emergency drills (around the 15th of every month) in bound logbook. Include date, time and any comments
  • Call security to escort us across the parking lot during monthly drills

Emergency Supplies for Earthquake

The following emergency supplies are required if we need to stay at the day care centre for up to 72 hours in case of an earthquake. These supplies are stored in the day care building in rooms D103 and D105.

Water
4 litres per day per person in tight lidded non-breakable containers

Food and Utensils

  • three-day supply of non-perishables: canned and dehydrated food, dried fruit, canned juices, “comfort” food
  • plastic eating utensils, can-opener

Medical Supplies

  • First Aid Kit and First Aid Manual
  • Medication:
    • list of children with allergies or medical conditions
    • pain relievers for children and adults
    • medication needed for individual children (must have completed instructions for medication forms)
    • hot/cold packs

Hygienic Supplies
D iapers, wipes, diaper cream, soap, paper towels, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary supplies, tissues, latex gloves.

Clothing and Shelter
Two space blankets per person, 6 millimetres plastic sheeting, large plastic garbage bags.

General Supplies
Roll Books, Emergency Consent Cards and Emergency Evacuation Plan Radio with alkaline batteries, flashlight with alkaline batteries, candles in deep can and waterproof matches, rope, string, duct tape, masking tape, paper/pens/markers, books/toys/games, battery- operated lantern, spare batteries, bucket toilet

Parents to send the following provisions for each child in a large Ziplock bag:
Small flashlight with batteries, emergency aluminized polyester blanket (Canadian Tire), a few Band-aids, three non-perishable nut-free food items (e.g.cereal bar, power bar), a small comfort toy, a small favourite book, a picture of the family, a comfort note, a small package of baby wipes, a small bottle of water.

These individual packages will be stored in the playground shed in case we cannot re-enter the day care building. Each group will have its own airtight storage container, which will also include extra food, water, blankets, medical and hygienic provisions for staff.

Emergency Procedures in Case of a Fire

When the fire alarm goes off, we will follow the College and the Langara Child Development Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedures for Fire (see below).

Langara Child Development Centre Emergency Evacuation Procedure for Fire:

  • When the alarm goes off, staff in each centre will quickly move children out of the building through safe designated exits (doors with illuminated exit signs)
  • The senior staff in each room will:
    1. Stay behind and scan all areas of the room to ensure that all children have been taken out of the building.
    2. Get roll book and emergency pack located on the top of the fridge (First Aid Kit, Epipen, emergency medication, Emergency Consent Cards, sanitary supplies, pain relievers, shed key and cell phone).
    3. Tape day care cell phone number notice on front door.
    4. Join the others.
  • All groups will meet at the designated meeting spot -- the entrance to the path that encircles the golf course south of campus beside B Building
  • Once outside and clear of the building, at the designated meeting spot, roll call will be made
  • We will return to the day care when the all-clear signal is given
  • If we go to any place other than the day care parents can reach staff by calling the cellphone number posted on the front door. If possible, a staff member will return to the day care area to direct parents to their children

Emergency Fire Drills

  • Conduct monthly emergency drills with the children, alternating fire drills and earthquake drills
  • Practice Emergency Evacuation Procedure during monthly drills
  • A designated person will record monthly emergency drills (around the 15th of every month) in bound logbook. Include date, time and any comments
  • Call security to escort us across the parking lot during monthly drills

Langara Child Development Centre Medical Response

Emergency Anaphylactic Medical Response

  • Administer Epipen if applicable
  • Call (9)911 and ask for baby ambulance for child, ambulance for adult. Call 4444 and ask for:
    • security to direct ambulance to the day care
    • medical person to come to the day care
  • Call parents and have them meet child at B.C. Children's Hospital

Emergency Medical Response

  • For all other medical emergencies call 4444
  • College medical staff will determine the appropriate course of action
  • Call parents and have them meet the child

Emergency Procedure

  • For non-emergency medical concerns, go to Health Services with child
  • College medical staff will determine the appropriate course of action

Exceptional Health Care Needs

If a child has exceptional health care needs we will require a health assessment from the family physician or other health care professional. We will then develop a Health Care Plan that outlines the health care that the child needs while at the day care such as dietary restrictions, medication schedule, health procedures, precautions, emergency warning signs and emergency procedures.

The Health Care Plan must be developed by a health care professional in collaboration with the family. Staff training related to the Plan must also be given by a community health care professional. The Health Care Plan and staff training must be completed before the child attends the day care. If there are any changes in the health of the child and the Health Care Plan needs modification, both the Plan and staff training must be updated. The child may not be able to attend the day care until the updated Health Care Plan and staff training are completed.

If the child is medically fragile and his/her health care requires close monitoring and assessments or medical judgments to be made, then nursing support will need to be provided while the child is at day care.

Emergency Preparedness - Staff and Family Responsibilities

In case of a major emergency such as fire or earthquake, we must be prepared to respond appropriately. Our emergency preparedness procedures include doing fire and earthquake drills with the children, practicing our emergency evacuation procedure and storing emergency supplies.

If we have to evacuate the day care building in case of a fire or earthquake, all the day care groups will meet at our designated meeting spot, which is located at the entrance to the path that encircles the golf course, south of the campus, beside the B building.

If, due to an earthquake, we are unable to re-enter the building for an extended period, we will walk to the closest Emergency Response Centre, which is located at the Sunset Community Centre on 51st Avenue at the corner of Prince Edward (one block east of Main Street).

If we go to any place other than the day care centre or the alternate location, parents can reach staff by calling the cellphone number that will be posted on the front door. If possible, a staff member will return to the day care area to direct parents to their children.

In our emergency preparations we are also asking parents to send the following provisions for each child. These provisions will supplement day care supplies in case of an earthquake. In the large ziplock bag attached to this sheet please include:

  • Small flashlight with batteries
  • Emergency aluminized polyester blanket (Canadian Tire)
  • A few Band-aids
  • Three non-perishable food items (e.g. cereal bar, powerbar). CAUTION: NO NUTS!
  • A small comfort toy
  • A small favourite book
  • A picture of the family
  • A comfort note
  • A small package of baby wipes
  • A small bottle of water

In the event that a major emergency occurs, we are asking parents to come and pick up their child immediately at the day care centre, the designated meeting area, or at the alternate location.

Finally we are asking parents to fill in the attached Emergency Consent Card. Please fill in both sides of the card and return it to the day care centre. We will store all completed Emergency Consent Cards with our First Aid Kit that will be taken with us whenever we evacuate the day care so that we can call all parents.