Planning and Response

Title Description Topics
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
OSHA: Chemical Hazards and Toxic Substances OSHA website with detailed information on chemical substances & associated risks. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment
National Preparedness Resource Library FEMA National Preparedness Resource Library. Recommendations & Guidance
National Fire Protection Association NFPA's webpage with access to National Fire Safety Codes for healthcare facilities Regulations and Mandates
Mass Fatality Planning - Managing Remains in Disasters This document is a sample policy/procedure available from the California Association of Health Facilities' Disaster Program. Sample Templates & Toolkits
Management of Dead Bodies After Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders Though not written specifically for LTC facilities, this document from the Pan American Health Organization provides guidance in several sections that are applicable to LTC facilities that must manage human remains during disaster situations when a proper morgue or funeral home is unable to provide assistance. Recommendations & Guidance
LTC Emergency Operations Plan Evaluation From the California Association of Health Facilities, this evaluation tool helps LTC facilities evaluate their disaster plans and identify opportunities for improvement and enhancement. Checklist
Fla. Dept. of Environmental Protection: Sinkholes FDEP website with information about sinkhole formation. Hazard Vulnerability Assessment