Florida Healthcare Association. (2008). Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes. (Appendix Q, p. 112 of Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes.)
Though not updated since the 2016 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule was issued, this planning guide provides useful guidance for developing an emergency management plan for a long-term care facility. It is comprised of six sections, 28 appendices, a multitude of job action sheets, and nine sample statements that other states can used when creating or updating their plans. Each of the sections references specific nursing home issues and easily replicable. It also includes a sample letter that nursing home administrators may use to communicate with families about facility preparedness efforts and emergency response. The plan also provides an established format for developing a basic plan; offers direction for developing standard operating procedures for use during an emergency; and addresses specific hazards which may threaten a facility.