Planning and Response

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Community Residential Care Facility - Emergency Operation Plan Checklists for Plan Components This checklist was developed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health to assist facilities to review the components of their emergency operations plans. Checklist, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Communication with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit This toolkit describes how to create a communication process to reach vulnerable populations regarding their transportation options in emergencies. This toolkit provides a guiding framework and tools for constructing a scalable, adaptable communication process built on a network of agencies from public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Vulnerable Populations
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
Code of Federal Regulations - Requirements for States and LTC Facilities Link to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42: Public Health, PART 483—REQUIREMENTS FOR STATES AND LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES, Subpart B—Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities. Regulations and Mandates
CMS: Survey and Certification Emergency Preparedness Resources This CMS website provides information and tools, utilizing an “all hazards” approach for disruptive events. The site provides useful information for developing effective and robust emergency plans and responses, and is “one-stop shopping” to obtain both mandated and voluntary emergency preparedness information and tools. The site includes a link Templates & Checklists, Lessons Learned, Health care Provider Guidance, and State Survey Agency Guidance. Regulations and Mandates
CMS: Survey and Certification Effective Healthcare Provider Emergency Planning CMS's webpage dedicated to healthcare provider guidance on emergency preparedness. Regulations and Mandates
CMS Survey Tool for the Emergency Preparedness Rule (E-Tags) This is a link to the CMS Surveyor's Tool, which accompanied the 6-2-17 advance copy of the Interpretive Guidelines for the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. The CMS Survey & Certification Memo (Ref: S&C 17-29-ALL) accompanying the tool states: "Similar to how Life Safety Code (LSC) requirements have a set of K-Tags that are utilized for citations for multiple provider and supplier types, the emergency preparedness requirements will have a set of tags that will be utilized to cite non-compliance for all 17 provider and supplier types included in the final rule. The tags for emergency preparedness will be “E” Tags and accessible to both health and safety surveyors and LSC Surveyors. State survey agencies will have discretion regarding whether the LSC or health and safety surveyors will conduct the emergency preparedness surveys. Note: Surveying for compliance with the emergency preparedness requirements does not begin before November 15, 2017." Regulations and Mandates
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
CMS State Operations Manual: Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities Survey protocols and Interpretive Guidelines are established in the State Operations Manual for Long Term Care Facilities to provide guidance to personnel conducting surveys; they serve to clarify and/or explain the intent of the regulations and all surveyors are required to use them in assessing compliance with Federal requirements. Regulations and Mandates
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule (Effective Date: November 2016) On September 16, 2016, the final CMS rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published (Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 180). This rule affects all 17 provider and supplier types eligible for participation in Medicare. The rule became effective on November 15, 2016. However, health care providers and suppliers affected by this rule have until November 15, 2017 to implement the new requirements and be in full compliance. Surveyors will begin evaluating the new requirements after November 15, 2017. Providers and suppliers found out of compliance with the new regulations will be cited for non-compliance and must follow standard procedures for correcting deficiencies. Policy, Regulations and Mandates
CMS Emergency Preparedness for Healthcare Providers - Resources & Links To assist providers and suppliers in meeting the requirements of the new CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule, CMS has developed a website that contains various resources such as checklists, links to emergency preparedness agencies, planning templates and many other valuable resources. In addition, the website also provides a State-by-State listing of Health Care Coalitions which are available to States to connect with knowledgeable health care emergency preparedness officials. Checklist, Government Emergency Contacts, My State Links, Recommendations & Guidance, Regulations and Mandates, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources
CMS Emergency Planning Checklist: Recommended Tool for Persons in Long Term Care Facilities, Ombudsmen, and others This CMS document is an emergency planning checklist and recommended tool for persons in long term care facilities and their family, friends, personal caregivers, guardians and LTC ombudsmen. Recommendations & Guidance
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CDC: Natural Disasters and Severe Weather CDC's webpage on natural disasters & severe weather, including definitions Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
CDC: Chemical Emergencies CDC's webpage on chemical hazards and emergencies. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment