Tuesday, September 4, 2018

September is National Preparedness Month - Informative Emergency Preparedness Resources Are Available

Dana Halvorson and Erin Prendergast

September 2018 marks, among other observances, National Preparedness Month.  National Preparedness Month, recognized each September, provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our residents now and throughout the year.  This year, the focus is on planning, with an overarching theme: “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” Take this time to review your facility and community-based risk assessment/hazard vulnerability.  All components of a center’s emergency program (emergency plan, policy and procedures, communication plan and training and testing) must be reviewed and updated annually.  

That being said, AHCA/NCAL has several informative emergency preparedness resources that you might be interested in.  We offer a tool titled “Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP) Customizable Plan for Long Term Care” that allows facilities to customize compliant emergency preparedness program plans.  This indispensable tool provides a clear-cut detailed crosswalk that shows how a facility’s EPP plan meets the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ requirements and demonstrates precise compliance to survey agencies and Authorities Having Jurisdiction.  AHCA/NCAL members receive exclusive “member only” pricing of $395 for the EPP customizable plan – a savings of $100 off the regular price. 

Members should also visit the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) website for additional resources for long term care centers.

Finally, there will be educational session around emergency preparedness at the AHCA/NCAL National Convention in San Diego, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 9:30 – 11 am PT entitled “Understanding the Value of the Long Term Care Community’s Engagement Within a Healthcare Coalition.”  More details on this session can be found here.  Please contact Erin Prendergast (SNF and AL Providers) or Dana Halvorson (ICF/IID Providers) with any questions. 

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