Planning and Response

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Improving Long Term Care Resiliency: Using Proven Mutual Aid Concepts for Disasters This is a presentation handout of a workshop conducted at the 2015 Really Ready 5 Conference of the California Association of Health Care Facilities. The presentation describes, an emergency planning system that some states are using to complement local, regional and state emergency response strategies. In the planning system, participating healthcare facilities commit to helping each other in an emergency to support resident evacuation or provide resources and assets to avoid evacuation through participation in the mutual aid plan. Evacuation Planning
Protecting the Healthcare Digital Infrastructure: Cybersecurity Checklist The computer networks, databases, and wireless systems that make up the digital infrastructure within healthcare organization are unfortunately prone to attack. This resource provides a checklist of considerations and strategies that organizations should consider and implement to protect their digital infrastructure. Checklist, Recommendations & Guidance
Working Without Technology: How Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations Can Manage Communication Failure This document outlines recommendations and steps that a healthcare organization and/or facility cab take to alleviate issues associated with a breakdown in traditional forms of communication. Recommendations & Guidance
Webinar Recording: Improving Disaster Planning in Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies This webinar recording discusses the results of a study conducted by the Emory University Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC). The study examined disaster preparedness in nursing homes and home health agencies, which have typically not been included in disaster planning efforts. Available are: slides; webcast recording; audio recording; transcript. Research
Use of Mental Health Services by Nursing Home Residents After Hurricanes The authors of this report discuss the findings of their study on the evaluation of pre- and post-hurricane mental health service use in Florida nursing homes. Results indicated that although most nursing homes provided some type of mental health service during normal operations, disaster-related mental health services were not routinely provided to residents. The authors also found that receiving facilities were more likely than evacuating facilities to provide treatment to evacuated residents. Research
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
Healthcare and Public Health Cybersecurity Primer: Cybersecurity 101 This resource was developed by the Healthcare and Public Health (HPH) Sector Cybersecurity Working Group (CSWG). The Healthcare and Public Health Cybersecurity Primer is a tool intended for use by sector members, owners and operators, as well as Federal, State and local partners who may not be cyber experts, but wish to improve the sector’s level of understanding of cybersecurity. Reports & Articles
Long Term Care and Other Residential Facilities: Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist This CDC checklist helps long-term care and other residential facilities self-assess the strengths and weaknesses of their plans for responding to pandemic influenza. This tool also provides links to websites with helpful information. Checklist, Influenza, Recommendations & Guidance
Pandemic Influenza Workbook for Long Term Care Providers This workbook provides guidance to long term providers on what actions to take to protect the health and safety of the staff and residents in their facilities in the event of a pandemic influenza outbreak. The document explains why long term care providers need to prepare for a pandemic, what they need to do to be prepared, and how they can go about making preparations. Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Online Lesson: Long Term Care Facilities Emergency Preparedness Plans This 2 hour online course reviews the reasons for planning in long-term care facilities and who should be involved. The course explains the all-hazards model of emergency management planning, and the critical issues involved in preparedness planning. The Center for Public Health Preparedness offers e-learning on healthcare preparedness topics and other resources. Training Resources
The Effects of Evacuation on Nursing Home Residents with Dementia The authors of this report discuss their findings from research conducted on the effects of evacuation from Hurricane Gustav on residents with severe dementia. Evacuation Planning, Research, Vulnerable Populations
OIG Report (2012) Gaps Continue To Exist in Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness and Response During Disasters: 2007-2010 This is a report by OIG of its study conducted to assess emergency preparedness and response of nursing homes that experienced disasters from 2007-2010. The OIG's first report on this topic was in 2006. Recommendations & Guidance, Research
Long Term Care Facility Evacuation Resident Assessment Form for Transport and Destination This page on the California Association of Healthcare Facilities is dedicated to evacuation planning resources and tools. Included is an Incident Response Guide for Evacuation. Evacuation Planning, Sample Templates & Toolkits
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
Helping Nursing Homes Prepare for Disasters This article published in the journal Health Affairs, describes the findings and outcomes of the John A. Hartford Foundation funded initiative called Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness for Long Term Care Facilities. The project was awarded to the Florida Health Care Association. The authors of this paper describe the planning, research, and dissemination efforts of the Hartford grantees. This paper also provides insights into successful disaster grant making, noting foundations’ unique flexibility, strategic and long-term view, and ability to be a neutral convener of stakeholders that can help grantees work toward achieving major policy change. Evacuation Planning, Reports & Articles