Planning and Response

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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
Establishing And Refining Hurricane Response Systems For Long-Term Care Facilities This article published in the journal Health Affairs reviews the findings and outcomes of the 2006 Hurricane Summit, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Florida Health Care Association. Summit participants included representatives from five Gulf Coast states that sustained hurricane damage during 2005, along with representatives from Georgia, which was a receiving state for hurricane evacuees. Participants evaluated disaster preparedness, response, and recovery for long term care provider networks and identified gaps that impeded safe resident evacuation and disaster response. The article identifies specific areas warranting further attention, presented as lessons learned. Evacuation Planning, Reports & Articles
Facility to Facility Memorandum of Understanding: Outline of Key Elements This document provides an outline to guide nursing home and assisted living facility providers in establishing Memorandums of Understanding with other providers in the event of resident transfer during a local or widespread emergency. Evacuation Planning, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Providing Shelter to Nursing Home Evacuees in Disasters: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina The authors examined nursing home preparedness needs by studying the experiences of nursing homes that sheltered evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Interviews were conducted with nursing home administrators that sheltered evacuees in four states. Findings: Nursing homes should develop and practice procedures to shelter and provide long-term access to mental health services following a disaster. Nursing homes should be integrated into community disaster planning and be classified in an emergency priority category similar to hospitals. Evacuation Planning, Incident Response, Research
Comprehensive Care for Vulnerable Elderly Veterans During Disasters This study examines the experiences of evacuations and sheltering of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) nursing homes (VANHs) during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Interviews were conducted with nursing home staff and representatives, which revealed that physical harm, psychological distress, cognitive decline, and increased social isolation were areas that deserved special attention for this vulnerable population. Research
Ethical Guidance for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response (A White Paper) This white paper was developed through the work of the Ethics Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the main focus is on the ethical orientation that should guide the planning and recovery phases. Reports & Articles