Planning and Response

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CMS Survey and Certification Emergency Preparedness Initiative: Emergency Preparedness Checklist Revision This CMS recommended tool, originally developed in 2007 and updated in 2009, was revised in December 2013 and was accompanied by Survey & Certification Letter 14-12-ALL, issued February 28, 2014. This is a link to the Survey & Certification Letter and the Revised Checklist. Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance
The Joplin Tornado - A Long Term Care Perspective This is a handout from a presentation given by Jon Dolan with the Missouri Health Care Association at the University of Nebraska Medical College 2011 Conference, "Public Health and Medical Disaster Response in Action: The Joplin Story". The handout highlights the impact to long term care facilities, strategies employed and lessons learned. Evacuation Planning, Incident Response, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles
Ethical Guidelines for the Development of Emergency Plans Planning processes that include careful consideration of ethical principles for disasters and emergencies in long term facilities will assist staff in responding to crisis situations from a perspective that is fair and just. This document developed by the American Health Care Association presents an ethical framework to assist long-term care facilities as they review their emergency and disaster plans to ensure that they have taken into account ethical values and process elements. Policy, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Research
Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health The Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is a database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience. Materials selected are from non-commercial publishing sources and supplement disaster-related resources from PubMed (biomedical journal literature) and MedlinePlus (health information for the public). Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Research, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources, Vulnerable Populations
Minnesota Long Term Care Preparedness Toolkit Developed for LTC providers in Minnesota, this toolkit can be used by facility owners, administrators, and staff. Information includes: sample templates, forms and suggested resources to develop and/or enhance facility emergency preparedness plans within LTC throughout the state of Minnesota. It should not be viewed as a static document but one that provides a foundation for an All Hazards approach to preparedness, planning, and response activities. While the tool was developed for Minnesota providers, the information provided may serve as a general guide for use by readers in other states. Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities and Group Homes This tool was developed by the Montgomery County Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. The checklist is designed to help ensure that health care facilities are not only well prepared but also able to shelter-in-place and remain self-sufficient during a variety of emergencies. The author states that the checklist has proven to be a useful tool in emergency preparedness training, planning, and assessment; annual quality-of-care surveys; follow-up inquiries and consultation; and efforts to contact facility administrators during actual emergencies. Although licensing and quality standards vary by jurisdiction, public health professionals and local, state, and federal regulators can view the checklist as a template that is readily adaptable to their needs and uses. [Citation: Montgomery County, Maryland. Advanced Practice Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response, “Emergency Preparedness Checklist,” June 2005.] Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance
Incorporating Active Shooter Incident Planning into Health Care Facility Emergency Operations Plans Health care settings represent a very unique set of challenges for active shooter planning and workplace violence. This document is primarily designed to encourage health care facilities (HCFs) to consider how to better prepare for an active shooter incident. Though hospitals and many other HCFs have emergency operations plans (EOPs), this document provides emergency planners, disaster committees, executive leadership, and others involved in emergency operations planning with detailed discussions of unique issues faced in an HCF. This document also includes discussions on related topics, including information sharing, psychological first aid (PFA), and law enforcement/security. Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Communication Strategies for Emergency Situations This guide, drafted for Skilled Nursing and Post-Acute Care Centers, Assisted Living Communities, and Centers for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, outlines a clear communications plan. It consists of policies, procedures, and an incident command structure, as a primary tool management may use to ensure employees follow protocols during an emergency. It also includes a Media Outreach plan, an essential part of the Communications plan. Policy
Members Only: FHCA Plant Operations Hurricane Planning Checklist This checklist helps a skilled nursing and post-acute care center take a close look their campus and physical plant to ensure it is ready for wind, rain or other severe weather. The checklist includes the Plant Operations Emergency Kit List, developed by the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) Emergency Preparedness Council for FHCA members. To fully access this resource, you must be a member of FHCA. After clicking on the resource, you’ll be directed to the FHCA website where you may sign-in with your user name and password, or obtain more information about how to become a member. Checklist
Emergency Management Planning Criteria for Nursing Home Facilities (Florida) Emergency Management Planning Criteria for Nursing Home Facilities, set by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in 1994. Regulations and Mandates
Public Health Preparedness - Environmental Health Florida - DOH - Preparedness and Response webpage for environmental health topics, including protecting drinking water supplies. Recommendations & Guidance
U.S. Dept. of Transportation: Guidance for the Safe Transportation of Medical Oxygen for Personal Use on Buses and Trains This guidance was developed in the aftermath of a bus accident during Hurricane Rita in 2005. The guidance explains current regulatory requirements applicable to the transportation of medical oxygen on buses and trains and includes recommendations for handling oxygen cylinders. Regulations and Mandates
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Active Shooter - How to Respond This booklet from the Dept. of Homeland Security highlights and explains how to respond to an active shooter situation; an active shooter situation is one type of workplace violence. Recommendations & Guidance
Severe Weather Awareness Guide Severe Weather Awareness Guide Information for Consumers
Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette in Healthcare Settings Influenza