to pack in a “to go” bag or emergency kit.5 It can take a while for actual on-the-ground practice to catch up with best practice, Molnar concluded, and in New York “we’ve had no choice but to catch up as best we can.”

As national guidelines and support at the federal level are beginning to include the “recovery” phase more and more in documents and agendas, these children and family agencies affected by Hurricane Sandy are important examples of the work and outreach that need to be done after the incident occurs. This also presents an opportunity to engage child care providers and agencies across the country to share lessons and work collectively through ACF on improving plans and preparedness for future incidents.

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5The video library is available at http://www.ecetp.albany.edu/videolibrary.shtm#emergencyvids (accessed September 9, 2013).



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