Season Begins on June 1st. Even if your facility is not in a hurricane area,
now is still a good time to update your emergency preparedness plan. Below are
some things to consider when updating your plan:
it have the correct names, titles, or phone numbers? If you have had any
personnel changes during the year make sure the plan and all copies
reflect the change.
you have a list of essential personnel that are needed at the time of an
event? Does your staff know who is considered essential?
you surveyed the staff to see who will volunteer during an emergency, do
you have a place for them to sleep, can they bring their kids or pets? How
will you feed the staff? Where will the pets stay?
you have backup phone numbers for your contractors?
you have a backup plan for laundry services, electronic medical records,
trash removal, etc?
you have an identified command center—does this command center have
emergency power? Does the staff know where the command center is?
you have flash lights for all staff and batteries?
staff know what is in the emergency plan or the location of the plans?
just some of the things you should consider when preparing for a disaster.
Check out other resources on OHCA's
disaster planning page, and on AHCA’s
disaster planning website, including AHCA’s Nursing
Home Incident Command System that can work in conjunction with your
emergency preparedness plan. An additional resource is CMS’s
recommended checklist for Nursing Facilities.