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Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness Workshop with Tabletop Exercise

Event Locations

May 8, 2019

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

Attendee Information

Workshop/Tabletop Exercise Handouts

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Tabletop Exercise Requirements

Attendees will be required to bring their Emergency Plans to the workshop for reference and must ensure adequate representation from their facility (see Tabletop Exercise). Following the program, all center representatives will need to complete the provided “Facility After Action Report/Improvement Plan” for proper disaster exercise compliance documentation. 

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Workshop Overview

To improve a center's life safety and emergency preparedness compliance program, providers need the knowledge and resources for a seamless implementation and continuous readiness approach. Deciphering the requirements of the CMS and Florida regulations and standards is an intricate process in which long term care centers continue to encounter challenges. This full day workshop includes sessions on both life safety and emergency preparedness, examining the latest information and best practices to address the most common citations and avoid future deficiencies in both areas. Registration includes lunch and the ability to earn up to 6 CEUs

Life Safety Session

Specific components of the Life Safety Session will cover the Fire Safety Evaluation System (FSES) and lessons learned from recent fire emergencies, along with the impact on code compliance. Additionally, this discussion will address the consistent challenges with door inspections, including documentation and practical tips when contracting out or doing the inspections in-house.

Emergency Preparedness Session

The Emergency Preparedness Session will bring real-life experiences to prepare providers for rapid actions in immediate threats, as well as managing an extended disaster using a Continuity of Operations Plan. A facilitated Tabletop Exercise is also included and will meet one of the CMS requirements for annual testing of each center’s own Emergency Plans.

Tabletop Exercise

Included with the Emergency Preparedness Session is a facilitated Tabletop Exercise that will meet one of the CMS requirements for annual testing of each center’s own plans.

  • Participants are required to bring their Emergency Plans to the workshop for reference.
  • Key decision-making personnel must attend to ensure adequate representation from their center (including the Administrator/Executive Director, Director of Facilities/Maintenance, Director of Nursing, etc.) either during the Emergency Preparedness Session, or by participating in an internal debriefing after the program.
  • To complete the required actions to meet the CMS requirements, each center must complete the provided “Facility After Action Report/Improvement Plan” for proper documentation. 


Nicholas Gabriele, CFPS, Vice President, Russell Phillips & Associates, (RPA), a Jensen Hughes Company

Gabriele has been working in health care fire and emergency management for the past 30 years and responded to numerous fires and disasters at health care facilities as a fire chief and fire marshal. With RPA, he has worked with long term care and hospitals on the customization of emergency preparedness programs and completion of life safety compliance assessments. He currently serves as a Principal Member of the NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code Technical Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Security (99-12 & 13).

Andrew McGuire, CEM, Fire & Emergency Management Consultant, Russell Phillips & Associates (RPA), a Jensen Hughes Company

McGuire has coordinated comprehensive health care emergency preparedness programs involving all aspects of preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery for “All Hazards” incidents and events. He has more than 28 years of EMS experience as a paramedic and worked in healthcare for more than 11 years in emergency preparedness. McGuire co-founded the Healthcare Caucus of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and is the President for Region 1 of the USA Council.

Event Agenda

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Registration/Check In

9:30 – 10:45 AM

Education Session

Life Safety Code Fundamentals & the FSES

10:45 – 11:00 AM


11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Education Session

Life Safety Code Deficiencies, Fire Procedures & Door Inspections

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Education Session

CMS EPP Standards & the Top 10 National E-Tags

3:00 - 3:15 PM


3:15 – 5:00 PM

Education Session

Table-Top Exercise & Hotwash / Conclusion of Program