AHCA creates new disaster planning manual

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The American Health Care Association and National Center For Assisted Living have published a new manual to help all long-term care providers plan for both natural and man-made disasters. The manual is in large part a response to the 2005 hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast, including many nursing homes.

"Disaster Planning Guide: A Resource Manual for Developing a Comprehensive Preparedness Plan," suggests that nursing home facilities establish plans for evacuation and non-evacuation. They also should prepare for transportation, housing, finance, insurance, and legislative and legal issues in the event of fires, tornados, bomb scares, hazardous accidents in the community, bio-terrorism, hypo- and hyperpyrexia and hurricanes.

The manual, which was developed by the Florida Disaster Preparedness Committee and the Florida Health Care Association, is meant to be a reference tool to assist in the implementation of a disaster operation plan. The 150-page manual includes 22 appendices and checklists that can be duplicated and used right out of the book.

The guide is $75 for AHCA/NCAL members and $100 for non-members. For more information, visit www.ahca.org.