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August 14
Ensure Your Technology Is Protected
In the event of an impending disaster, move all computer systems and hardware to a safe location, such as an interior area in the facility, sealed in plastic to prevent damage from water or debris. Ensure that you maintain, in a secure location, a complete list of all software applications, including contact person, name, address and telephone information with copies of the licensing agreements. (Courtesy of Florida Health Care Association)
August 07
Start Planning Now For National Preparedness Month
Start to plan now for National Preparedness Month this September. Identify useful disaster preparedness activities for your facility. Whether it is planning an exercise, refining an emergency plan or reminding staff about their roles and responsibilities, join AHCA/NCAL and more than 1,200 businesses and organizations in raising awareness and promoting action on emergency preparedness during the month of September. Membership in the National Preparedness Month Coalition is open to all public and private sector organizations. For more information or to join, visit and go to the "National Preparedness Month" banner.
July 10

Our thoughts are with our colleagues in California where at least one facility has had to evacuate due to wildfires and others are experiencing extreme heat and lack of air conditioning. The threat of a wildfire is a reality for facilities in other states too, so ensure that you are prepared. Smoke can cause very low air quality which is dangerous for elderly individuals. To avoid a significant problem during wildfire season, ensure that your residents and staff:

  • Avoid outdoor activities, especially those with respiratory problems.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible and use the recycle or re-circulate mode on your facility air conditioner.
  • Avoid the use of non-HEPA paper face mask filters which are not capable of filtering extra fine particles.
  • If you must evacuate, ensure that your residents drink lots of water, and breath through a warm, wet washcloth if needed.

There is a wealth of additional information on disaster planning on CAHF’s Web site.

July 03
In Case of Evacuation
When a disaster creates the need for evacuation - here are some guidelines to remember: Triage your residents for the evacuation buses. Then, load the residents who can walk first, followed by residents in wheelchairs who need minimal assistance. Loading your most dependent residents last enables you to care for them up to departure and unload them first.

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