Hurricane Preparedness for Long-Term-Healthcare Facilities
Plan & Take Action
- Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected.
- How will you find family members for your residents?
- What will you do if water, gas, electricity, or phone services are shut off?
- If the decision is made to shelter-in place (SIP) and not evacuate, inform the local emergency management office of that decision. Take into consideration the amount of food, water, and other necessary items needed for staff and residents, for the duration of the emergency event.
- Review the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines to allow for enough time to pack and inform resident’s family or emergency contact if an evacuation is imminent.
- Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
- Put together a basic supply kit for each resident including:
- Emergency contact information for family members
- Medications and a list of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter)
- Nutritional needs (diabetic, renal, or other)
- Pertinent information that others may need to know (patient health status – Alzheimer’s or other) being mindful of HIPPA requirements
- Keep a list of contact information for reference.
- Healthcare Facility Staff
- Emergency Management Offices
- Local Law Enforcement
- Local Public Safety Fire/Rescue/EMS
- State, County, and City/Town Government
- Regional Healthcare Coalition
- Local Hospitals
- Local Utilities
- Local American Red Cross
- Local TV and Radio Stations for information
- Follow guidelines to guard your residents’ health during and after the storm.
- Administration on Aging: Resources for the Aging Services Network and Other Professionals
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Health Care Provider Guidance
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Administration for Children & Families
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