Florida’s Advocate for Long Term Care
Providers and the Elders They Serve

Emergency Preparedness

FHCA is a national leader in strengthening emergency preparedness for the long term care community. Our initiatives include developing comprehensive tools and resources to help nursing home and assisted living facility staff create emergency preparedness plans, organizing training activities for long term care and residential facilities and bringing together key stakeholders to address the issues that impact the ability for all residents to have the same access to long term care services in times of emergency.

The FHCA Quality Foundation Emergency Preparedness Council is comprised of volunteer FHCA members from across the state who support the Association's emergency preparedness initiatives and are available to mobilize efforts to support local nursing homes when a natural disaster strikes. Our project partners include the John A. Hartford Foundation, the University of South Florida and the Department of Health.

Nursing home and assisted living facility staff can use this site to find emergency management tools to help with developing an emergency preparedness plan or enhance an existing plan. You’ll also find helpful emergency preparedness online resources, as well as key findings from FHCA’s participation in national summits which address evacuation transportation and more. Be sure to check this site regularly for updates on news related to emergency preparedness in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, as well as information about our upcoming trainings or events.

Long Term Care Emergency Preparedness Portal
Developed through a collaboration between FHCA and Emory University's Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center, through the assistance of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LTCprepare.org provides a gateway to tools, resources and information on emergency preparedness topics specifically for skilled nursing and post-acute care centers, as well as assisted living communities.

Emergency Preparedness Tools from the John A. Hartford Foundation Project
Includes the Emergency Management Guides for NHs and ALFs, the Incident Command System and Evacuation Decision-Making

Reports and Publications 
Includes publications and reports from CMS, CDC and more

Members Only Emergency Preparedness Tools & Resources
Includes the training materials from the FPL/FHCA Discussion-Based Workshops; disaster drill templates and resources; EMResource FAQs; Hurricane Planning Checklists; CPG 101, adapted for LTC, and other members-only tools

Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers
(CMS Final Rule, 9/15/2016)
The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for Medicare and Medicaid  participating  providers applies to 17 different provider types, including skilled nursing centers, hospitals, critical access hospitals, hospice, ambulatory surgical  centers, intermediate care facilities and rural health clinics. The intent is for centers and health facilities to adopt consistent fundamental emergency preparedness capabilities to best ensure safety of  their residents, patients and clients as  a condition of participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Furthermore, the intent of the rule is to plan adequately for “all hazards,” both natural and man-made disasters, as well as coordinate with federal, state and local emergency systems.

Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit
Co-hosted by the Florida Health Care Association and LeadingAge Florida, the Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit took place in Tallahassee on Friday, September 22. The Summit welcomed leaders from the long term care profession and included experts who discussed Florida’s nursing centers and the unique level of care required for residents during natural disasters. In addition, Summit speakers also addressed recently proposed legislation and rules related to equipping nursing centers with generators, including technical issues, implementation, regulatory requirements and funding sources.