Emergency Preparedness and Planning can is important for the safety and health of your residents, staff, and visitors. The requirements for certain emergency plans depend largely on the type of care that your facilities provide. Facilities with the highest level of care are required to have very specific emergency plans, while facilities with less care requirements are expected to have general emergency plans. Now is an excellent time to dust off some of those emergency plans that may have been sitting on a shelf since before COVID and take a look at what needs to be updated and changed. Important plans to review include winter weather related plans (snow/winter/flooding, loss of power, evacuation) as well as plans related to flu and COVID infection prevention.
You can find information on the types of emergency plans needed for your facilities here:
Skilled Nursing Facility Disaster & Emergency Preparedness
Assisted Living Facility Disaster & Emergency Preparedness
Adult Family Home Disaster & Emergency Preparedness
CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule
Need help? The Snohomish Health District can help your facility write, review, train, and exercise your plans! Please reach out to our Training & Exercises Coordinator Jennifer Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance.