MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: Do You Have an Emergency Preparedness Plan?

Message from the President

Mandy Hawkins, RN, CASC, CAIP


Do You Have an Emergency Preparedness Plan?

Summer is at an end and it is time to think about emergency preparedness in our centers. Establishing and maintaining a written “all-hazard” disaster preparedness plan for our centers, staff, patients and others in our facilities in the event of an emergency will help us provide a timely and coordinated response in case of an emergency. The Emergency Preparedness—Appendix Z of the CMS State Operations Manual guides us, based on national emergency preparedness requirements, in planning for natural and man-made disasters and coordinating with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems.

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