Long Term Care Facilities
Long Term Care Facilities provide unique challenges after a disaster strikes. Many times, even though the people inside the facility may be individually prepared for a disaster or emergency, they may be unable to escape because they are medically/physically unable to do so. As a result, they are dependent upon the facility staff for assistance. Therefore administrators and staff of those facilities must not only know how to protect themselves, but also how to assist their patients when a disaster affects the facility.
A disaster for a Long Term Care Facility may include an earthquake, fire, flood, even a simple power outage. A prolonged power outage can mean death for someone who's being sustained by an electrically-operated medical device.If you are an administrator at a Long Term Care Facility, make sure your staff is familiar with and regularly trains on your disaster plan. If you do not currently have a disaster plan, or if yours needs to be updated, the link below will take you to a Long Term Care Facility disaster plan template:
Long Term Care Facility Plan Template
Use this template to create a plan unique to your facility. Feel free to change, add or delete any section(s) which may or may not apply to your situation. Once your plan is complete, send a copy (preferably electronic) to the St. Louis County OEM.