Presentation on theme: "Long Term Care Facilities Disaster Preparedness"— Presentation transcript:
1 Long Term Care Facilities Disaster Preparedness Don SheldrewMSW, LICSW, NREMT-PMinnesota Department of HealthOffice of Emergency Preparedness
2 Partnerships and developing relationships ahead of time How do we get prepared?Planning AheadGood Planning=Partnerships and developing relationships ahead of time
3 LTC – Who are we talking about? Skilled Nursing Facility, Nursing Homes, Board and Care, Residential Care Facility, Home Care, Hospice, OthersThose who care for vulnerable populations
4 LTC – Who are we talking about? Range of facilitiesCommonality of needDiversity of needsRange of resourcesRange of talent pool
5 Some Concerns SharedSpecial populations - e.g. Alzheimer's, cognitively impaired, or high fall patients.StaffingPharmaceuticals and other medical suppliesFood and water suppliesGenerators and fuel supplies
6 Who is responsible during emergencies? No single answer -Depends on the situation and type of emergencyNatural Disaster, Bioterrorism, Pan Flu, Complex DisasterPreparedness = Planning in partnership
7 Continuity of Operations Continuity of operations considerationsConcernsWorkforce concernsA. Pan flu – up to a 40% reduction in workforce possibleB. Regional or local emergencyC. Workforce preparedness = Personal preparedness
8 Workforce Preparedness Personal preparednessA. Personal and family plansB. Available personal toolsC. Is transportation needed to get staff in?
9 Do I Still Need Personnel? Not enough even after personal plansWho can I ask for help?Where can I get help?Other local providers?Regional providers?Pre-planned partners?
10 Workplace Preparedness What do I absolutely need to continue service?Power – Utilities / Generators / FuelEmergent Suppliers or assistanceFood – How long can I provide without deliveries?Will I still get deliveries?What deliveries do I absolutely need?Do I have connections with more than one supplier?Water
11 Workplace Preparedness Durable Medical EquipmentWhat do I need to keep people safe?Where will I get needed non reusable supplies?More than one supplier?
12 Facilities Concerns / Environmental Concerns HeatAir ConditioningWhat can I do if one or the other is needed and not available?Blankets, Ice….Air Filtration
13 Evacuation Where to evacuate to? How to evacuate? Who will provide the transportation in a large scale event and timing of evacuation?Local Ambulances and bus companies
14 CommunicationsWhat is my communications system for an immediate call back?How do I communicate with outside entities and agencies?What communications resources do I have?2-way radios, NOAA, telephone, computers, satellite, ITV, internet…
15 Pre-existing Arrangements Comes from pre-planningKnowing ahead of time who is already using what resourcesHaving some idea of what to expectLearning and connecting with others who may be the same or be in a position to have or locate needed resources
16 Potential roles during emergencies – recent focus group Provide basic medical care and short term shelter ?Accept residents from area hospitals? Concerns about acuity and facility staffingMedical storage?
17 Wrap – Up Plan – with local, regional, state partners Understand your importance in the event of a crisis
18 Wrap – Up The “Plan” is simply a written document The “Planning” forms relationships and is the crucial element in getting through an event in a more effective manner