McKnight’s Long-Term Care: Building a compliant emergency preparedness program

An effective emergency preparedness program is more than a written plan. Having a strong emergency operations plan (EOP) and/or a continuity of operations plan (COOP) is necessary but not sufficient. The other critical component of an emergency preparedness program is an ongoing set of activities for learning, practicing, testing and improving the plan. Testing, training and continuous improvement are alsorequirements put forth in the CMS emergency preparedness rule—no facility can be compliant without them. Read this McKnight’s Long-Term Care News article to learn learn 9 steps to a comprehensive emergency preparedness program.