If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere. Also, your COVID response is key to keeping your residents and staff safe.
The new LPA audit checklist now specifically requests the LPA to determine if you have a Disaster Plan on site. The fine is $150 per day if you do not.
The purpose of this DSS-required Disaster Plan for RCFE’s is to prepare the facility staff and residents in the event of a disaster or emergency.
This Emergency Disaster Plan for RCFE’s includes:
Procedures for infectious disease control including COVID-19
Emergency Contacts and Procedures
Types of Emergencies and Disasters, such as:
- Power failure
- Wind storms
- Bomb threats
- Extreme heat
Resident Care During a Disaster, including:
- Assigned duties
- Communication during and after a disaster
- Medication management
- Influenza and other respiratory outbreaks
- Evacuations and relocations
- 72-hour shelter-in-place procedures
- Emergency supply list
Staff Training and Resources
- Staff training requirements
- Training handouts
- Resource guide (i.e., FEMA)