The Disaster Planning Guide has been developed to assist long-term care (LTC) providers to enhance their existing emergency operations plans and procedures. It is not a "template" designed to take the place of the facility's written plan but rather a companion guide to help LTC providers bring their plans to a more comprehensive level that incorporates. This Disaster Planning Guide has been developed to assist LTC providers to enhance their existing emergency operations plans and procedures. It is not a “template” designed to take the place of the facility’s written plan but rather a companion guide to help LTC providers bring their plans to a more comprehensive level that incorporates standardized concepts and positive practices. While most LTC providers maintain customized emergency plans and policies and procedures that are unique to their individual facility, they often fail to incorporate nationally recognized emergency management concepts commonly utilized by the emergency preparedness, community (i.e. fire, police, emergency medical services, emergency management agencies and hospitals.
The authors of this guide have included a wide variety of resources. Some of these are original content and some are publically accessed materials that address specific topics in preparedness and response. All of the content had been selected for its applicability to long term care health facilities. Additionally, the information contained in this guide has been developed in consideration of the core concepts and guiding principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) along with its promotion of the Incident Command System (ICS). The Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS), a derivative of ICS, is the standard emergency management model that is promoted throughout this Disaster Planning Guide. The main objective in the promotion of NIMS and NHICS is to ensure that LTC providers have plans that interface with other agencies working together to prepare, mitigate, respond and recover from disasters. By incorporating standard practices, basic concepts of incident command, and a common language for planning and response into their plans, LTC providers can ensure that they are ready to work with their response partners in an “interoperable” manner that will allow for maximum efficiency.