Preparing for Facility and City-Wide Disasters
Expect the unexpected! Emergency Action Planning is very important. Have you ever been faced with having to relocate your residents? Preparing for Facility and City-Wide Disasters is paramount in providing a safe environment for your residents. Where would you take them if there was a loss of electricity in your city for twenty-four hours? Or worse yet, your facility had to close for several days! What would you do if a water main broke at your treatment facility? Do you have enough food and water on-site to sustain ten people for a few days? I was surprised to discover how few facilities have a comprehensive plan in place in doing on-site consultations for Department of Healthcare Services licensing and Joint Commission Accreditation analysis.
When there is an interruption in the provision of services, supporting your residents is a top priority. The consequences that arise from lack of planning can be catastrophic! Loss of revenue, resident displacement, pending intakes, possible injuries, and liability just to name a few.
Developing an effective emergency management plan that meet the Joint Commission accreditation requirements in the Life Safety chapter of the manual is critical in practicing resident care and achieving or maintaining accreditation.
I’d love to share what I have developed for an Emergency Action Plan and would certainly be interested in what others have developed. Do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
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