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Disaster Preparedness Guides & Resources

These tools are offered free to Florida's long term care community, with the exception of the Disaster Preparedness Guide for Assisted Living Facilities, which is accessible for FHCA ALF members only. While users are asked to cite the source appropriately, there is no limitation or restriction on nursing homes using and sharing these materials freely in the development of their plans. Persons may not use any part of these materials for financial gain unless they have first obtained written permission from Florida Health Care Association.

Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes Download
(For Individual Facility Use Only)
Emergency Preparedness Training & Exercise Guide for Nursing Homes Download
(Available at no charge as a download and is a component of the Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes).
The Nursing Home Incident Command System Download
(Available at no charge as a download and is a component of the Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes).
National Criteria for Evacuation Decision-Making in Nursing Homes Download
(Available at no charge as a download and is a component of the Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes).
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Assisted Living Facilities Download
Available at no charge for FHCA ALF members as a download.
 

 

Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes
This guide provides an established format for developing a basic plan, offers direction for developing standard operating procedures for use during an emergency, and addresses specific hazards which may threaten a facility.

Citation: Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, 2008, Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes, developed through a project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Florida Department of Health. For further information, contact FHCA.

Emergency Preparedness Training & Exercise Guide for Nursing Homes
This guide's concepts and step-by-step planning process are designed to assist nursing homes to become proficient in developing, conducting, and evaluating preparedness exercises that meet the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program standards.

Citation: Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, 2008, Emergency Preparedness Training & Exercise Guide for Nursing Homes, developed through a project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Florida Department of Health. For further information, contact FHCA.

The Nursing Home Incident Command System
An Incident Command System designed for nursing homes emerged from work funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation (2006-2008) and, more recently, the Florida Department of Health. Developed by the Florida Health Care Association, the Florida Department of Health, and member nursing home providers, the Nursing Home Incident Command System uses the general Incident Command System as an overlay to existing nursing home emergency management systems, resulting in an organizational system which respects both.

Citation: Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, 2008, The Nursing Home Incident Command System, developed through a project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Florida Department of Health. For further information and free NH-ICS downloads, contact FHCA.

National Criteria for Evacuation Decision-Making in Nursing Homes
A first of its kind, the criteria supports nursing home administrators, regional representatives, and owners in identifying external and internal triggers that contribute to a decision to evacuate or shelter-in-place.

Citation: Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, 2008, National Criteria for Evacuation Decision-Making in Nursing Homes, developed through a project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation. For further information, contact FHCA.

Disaster Preparedness Guide for Assisted Living Facilities
A reference tool to help any assisted living facility in the development and implementation of a disaster preparedness plan.

Citation: Florida Health Care Association, the Florida Center for Assisted Living, and the American Health Care Association