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The Zika Virus

In order to assist you in dealing with questions about the Zika virus, AHCA/NCAL suggests providers review the following resources:

Shelter In Place: Planning Resource Guide for Nursing Homes

For the purposes of this resource guide, shelter in place (SIP) is defined as: A protective action strategy taken to maintain resident care in the facility and to limit the movement of residents, staff and visitors in order to protect people and property from a hazard.

Shelter In Place Guidebook (PDF)

Emergency Preparedness Guide for Assisted Living

The Emergency Preparedness Guide for Assisted Living is a comprehensive resource that will assist members with developing emergency operations plan and includes the planning process.  The guide includes templates and numerous resources for members to utilize. 


Emergency Preparedness requires a Communications Plan

A problematic area in emergency planning is the Communications plan. Accurate communications with stakeholders, especially the media, contributes to a successful resolution of the emergency and may lead to a positive evaluation by the community. Download the Communications Plan.​


Assisted Living Incident Command System (ALICS) ​

Assisted Living Incident Command System (ALICS) outlines a management framework that empowers long-term care staff to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their incident response; no matter what shift, or what day of the week the event occurs. This is an AHCA/NCAL Member benefit accessible by registration code.  Please contact your StateAffiliate​ to obtain your registration code and log-in at EM Alliance

Ebola Virus Update: CDC Recommendations Regarding Ebola

With an abundance of caution, the EP committee felt members may want to review the following CDC guidelines regarding the Ebola virus, even though care centers are not regarded as “first receivers.” 

Active Shooter Guidelines

Federal Agencies have developed this Active Shooter Guidance for Health Care Facilities.  This guide​ can provide with training, how to identify and assist you preparing your organization for an active shooter event.

CMS Revises Emergency Preparedness Checklist

On Feb. 28, CMS issued a Survey and Certification Emergency Preparedness Initiative: S&C Emergency Preparedness Checklist Revision. The revisions were made to the recommended CMS Emergency Checklist.​

Emergency Preparedness Guide: February 2014
Timely responses to emergencies are critical for long term care professionals. This guide has been completed to assist professionals to learn more about preparedness and where to learn more about being prepared.

Winter Weather Health and Safety
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a comprehensive winter weather health and safety site. Owners and administrators can take tips to prepare for extreme cold conditions and winter storms.



 Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS) Resources


 Priorities of the Committee