Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Take Action
Fight Coronavirus in Long Term Care

Find guidance, resources and daily updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More
Untitled 1

Emergency Resources

In addition to planning for natural disasters, staff and facilities must be prepared for other emergencies, such as pandemics, influenza, active shooters and more. All emergency situations must be handled swiftly, diligently and with the utmost care for staff and patients.

 Active Shooter


While many emergencies are caused by natural disasters and are, staff and facilities should also be prepared for other types of emergencies. One emergency for which facilities should have plans in place is an active shooter.

Please note: The policies below are models only and should be modified and tailored to meet the needs of individual communities. 


 ​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. 


 Assisted Living Incident Command System (ALICS)


The Incident Command System (ICS) is one component of the National Incident Management System or (NIMS). The Assisted Living Incident Command System or “ALICS” is a simplified ICS and through its use, long-term care providers can become part of this standardized system of efficient response. ICS was modified by two consultants for assisted living and reviewed by AALNA board members and then reviewed by the NCAL Workgroup of the AHCA/NCAL Emergency Preparedness Committee.


ALICS offers long-term care providers a flexible framework for command and control that is based on the standardized system of ICS. It does this through a system that is designed to:

  • Manage all emergency, routine, or planned events, of any size or type, by establishing a clear chain of command and a process for communication, decisionmaking and delegation.
  • Allow personnel from different agencies or departments to be integrated into a common structure that can effectively address issues and delegate responsibilities.
  • Provide needed logistical and administrative support to operational personnel.
  • Ensure key functions are covered and eliminates duplication


This is an AHCA/NCAL Member benefit accessible by registration code.  Please contact your State Affiliate​ to obtain your registration code and then log-in to EM Alliance to set-up a free account.​ 


 Pandemic and Influenza

For more information on specific conditions, prevention, and treatment, please visit the Clinical Practice website.

 Pandemic and Influenza Resources


 Shelter In Place

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)