definition of an emergency

The terms “emergency” and “disaster” mean any event or situation that could pose a threat to the health or safety of children in our care. Emergencies include acts of nature such as a tornado, flood, or blizzard; accidents such as a severely injured child or hazardous material leak; public health events such as a pandemic; or manmade events such as an act or threat of violence. Disasters can strike anywhere at any time. In addition to natural disasters, the United States is also uniquely at high risk for shooter violence and manmade threats.