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

Emergency Preparedness Training and Exercise Guide for Nursing Homes

The federal Department of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) provides specific standards for emergency preparedness training and exercises that complies with the National Incident Management System. To assist its many health and medical partners to become proficient in the HSEEP standards, the Florida's Department of Health Division of Emergency Operations developed a handbook called the Mechanic's Manual: a Handbook for Becoming HSEEP-Compliant.

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The Emergency Preparedness Training and Exercise Guide for Nursing Homes assists health and medical partners such as nursing homes and hospitals, to become proficient in developing, conducting and evaluating preparedness exercises that meet the HSEEP standards. The Florida Department of Health gave permission to the Florida Health Care Association to use the Mechanic�s Manual as a primary source document for this training and exercise guide for nursing homes.

Readers are strongly encouraged to visit the website of the Department of Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (https://hseep.dhs.gov) for additional education about developing and conducting emergency preparedness exercises.

  The Preparedness System

  Key Concepts

  Step by Step Process for Planning an Exercise

     Run the Exercise

    Collect Performance Data

    Improve the Process

    Track the Progress

  Resources for Independent Study

  Exercise Examples:

    Conducting a Drill

    Conducting a Tabletop Exercise

        Tabletop Exercise Planning Worksheet, Directions & Samples