Planning and Response

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Emergency Operations Program and Plan Manual - California Association of Health Facilities This Emergency Operations Program and Plan (EOP) Template for Skilled Nursing Facilities is provided by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF). It was initially developed in 2015 and was revised in 2017 with funding from the California Dept. of Public Health Emergency Operations Program (Grant #15-10756) to incorporate new federal emergency preparedness regulations for Medicare/Medicaid certified providers released in 2016. It is offered as a base template from which a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can build a comprehensive EOP, and incorporates various positive practices in addition to regulatory requirements. Other facility types such as Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, may find this template useful with some additional customization to reflect their unique populations, operations, and regulatory differences. Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Long Term Care Facilities Evacuation Tips - Minnesota Department of Health This resource is a link to the Minnesota Department of Health's page for healthcare emergency preparedness, including evacuation tips. Evacuation Planning
Caring for Vulnerable Elders During a Disaster: National Findings of the 2007 Nursing Home Hurricane Summit This report of the 2007 Nursing Home Hurricane Summit outlines the discussion and resulting recommendations of 65 delegates from coastal hurricane states, representing a diverse spectrum of stakeholders. Delegates included nursing home representatives, emergency management, public health, medicine, transportation, federal (CMS), energy, and others. Topics discussed: Nursing Home Disaster Plans; Evacuation Decision Making; Inter-agency Relationships (Coordination, Cooperation and Collaboration); Communication; Technology and Use of Data; Transportation; Regulatory Issues; Power Restoration; Training and Drills; and Ethical Concerns. The Summit was funded jointly by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Florida Health Care Association as part of a two-year project. Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Vulnerable Populations
Caring for Elders During Disasters Continuum of Care Model: A Guide for Community-Based Planning This guide is the product of an ASPR-funded project to develop a model, information and resources to guide and support local communities in their efforts to develop and sustain a continuum of care for elders during disasters. This document, along with the Step-by-Step Companion Toolkit available as a separate PDF, provide a comprehensive guide to communities for engaging elder care stakeholders in the preparedness, response, and recovery cycles of all-hazards disaster management. The guide includes links to additional resources, and is one of five resources in the Continuum of Care Model. Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Vulnerable Populations
Overview - Hazards Vulnerability Analysis This resource provides an overview of the purpose of a hazards vulnerability analysis and a general overview of the process. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
Weathering the Storm: A Hurricane Planning, Response and Recovery Toolkit Although designed for hospitals, LTC providers may also find this toolkit informative. Developed by the New Jersey Hospital Association, the Hurricane Planning, Response and Recovery Toolkit is designed to assist hospitals in preparing for, responding to and recovering from the potential consequences of a hurricane. The toolkit focuses on sheltering-in-place planning and planning for recovery. It enhances current hospital all-hazards disaster plans and is not to be used in lieu of existing plans, but rather as a primer for a facility preparing for the specific challenges presented by a hurricane. Sample Templates & Toolkits
Help Your Employees Be Prepared - Personal Preparedness This is a link to the USA.gov page with many resources to help staff of LTC centers be more personally prepared when a disaster hits. Use these resources, plus tools from the American Red Cross, to help your staff be prepared. Training Resources
Webinar Recording - Continuity of Operations and Business Continuity Planning for Long Term Care Facilities This 45-minute webinar recording on Continuity of Operations Planning for Long Term Care is available on the website of the California Association of Health Facilities. Recommendations & Guidance, Training Resources
Continuity of Operations Plan Template for Long Term Care Facilities This template, written for long term care facilities by the California Association of Health Facilities, is designed to assist providers in developing an effective continuity of operations (COOP) plan for emergency scenarios that result in an interruption in services and/or operations. Long term care residents are very vulnerable and rely upon providers to be adequately prepared to safely care for them during emergency events. With appropriate emergency planning, facilities will be able to minimize the loss of life, property and revenue and ensure that essential functions are continued during and after an emergency. A COOP will guide facilities through actions needed to achieve a timely resumption of their normal operations. This COOP template is intended to be used in addition to your Emergency Operations Plan (also known as a Disaster Response or Preparedness Plan) or EOP. Checklist, Sample Templates & Toolkits
Disaster Preparedness Program Resources - California Association of Health Facilities This is a link to the website of the California Association of Health Facilities Disaster Preparedness Program, established in September 2006, with the help of the California Department of Public Health Services (CDPH) and with funding through the Federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). The CAHF-DPP website provides information and tools to assist long-term care facilities determine effective and efficient ways for disaster planning and integration into their Emergency Management Program, where appropriate. The site offers updated information and tools compliant with the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule (implementation date Nov 15, 2017). Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Influenza, Preparedness Exercise, Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits, Training Resources
National Flood Insurance Program - Location of Participating Communities This page on the FEMA website lists the communities, nationwide, that are part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Select your state, territory or nation to see if your community is listed. For more information about the National Flood Insurance Program, please search "flood" in the search bar of the www.LTCprepare.org website. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
National Flood Insurance Program The federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers flood insurance to business owners, homeowners, and renters if their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to adopt and enforce ordinances that meet or exceed FEMA requirements to reduce the risk of flooding. This resource is a link to the NFIP website with information about the National Flood Insurance Program, including a Risk Profile tool and how to find an insurance agent that offers flood insurance. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
ESRD National Coordinating Center for Kidney Community Emergency Response This is a link to the Kidney Community Response page on the website of the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) National Coordinating Center. There are many valuable tools on this site for professionals as well as patients. Evacuation Planning, Recommendations & Guidance, Reports & Articles, Training Resources
Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies This 280-page Planning Guide focuses on six topic areas identified by stakeholders: situational awareness, continuity of operations, facility or agency operations, crisis standards of care, staffing, and fatality management. Each topic area is addressed using the terminology and the framework outlined in the National Response Plan and the National Response Framework, which are Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documents prescribing the national response to man-made emergencies and natural disasters. Additionally, each topic area is presented in a manner that allows the user to develop needed sections in a long-term, home health, or hospice care facility's or agency's public health emergency preparedness and response plan. Several worksheets are included. Recommendations & Guidance
Emergency Preparedness Planning for Nursing Homes and Residential Care Settings in Vermont This manual was developed for nursing homes, assisted living residences, residential care homes and therapeutic community care homes in Vermont. The manual is organized into three sections. Section I provides an introduction to basic emergency management concepts. Section II helps users take a “bird's eye view” of their facility, setting the context for developing an emergency preparedness plan tailored to a specific facility's needs. Section III contains five planning modules that focus on priority aspects of emergency preparedness, including establishing a chain of command, setting up redundant communications systems, planning for staffing shortages, planning to shelter in place and planning for evacuation. The manual includes worksheets and checklists to help identify gaps and strengthen plans. Checklist, Evacuation Planning, Hazard Vulnerability Assessment, Recommendations & Guidance, Sample Templates & Toolkits