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.
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 Mechanicï¿½s 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
Step by Step Process for Planning an Exercise
Run the Exercise
Collect Performance Data
Improve the Process
Track the Progress
Resources for Independent Study
Conducting a Drill
Conducting a Tabletop Exercise
Tabletop Exercise Planning Worksheet, Directions & Samples