Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Planning – Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Balt. County
- Tuesday July 25, 2006
- 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
- Sponsored by the following
- Baltimore County agencies: Aging, Emergency Management, Fire, Health and Social Services
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brought to light the importance of emergency preparedness for the long-term care industry. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals stated that while seniors represented only 12% of the total population, older adults amounted to 74% of the deaths from the disaster. House Bill 770, enacted by the Maryland State Legislature, which calls for emergency preparedness and mitigation, was created in direct response to the problems experienced in the South due to the vulnerability of long-term care residents.
Baltimore County agencies, Aging, Fire, Health, Social Services and Emergency Management have organized this conference to provide the tools necessary to assist long-term care facilities in the disaster and emergency planning process. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recognized this conference as a first-of-its-kind training for healthcare providers in our nation. To begin the conference, the Executive Director of the Louisiana Nursing Home
Association will present some of the issues and challenges that faced the long-term care industry in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Next, various local and state agencies will provide an overview of the resources available in the event of a disaster or emergency. Finally, the afternoon will consist of breakout sessions based on the size and type of your facility. The breakout session topics will include the following: emergency planning, evacuation, sheltering in place and community resources. In time of disaster or other emergencies, facilities must be prepared to respond effectively to ensure the safety and well being of residents.
Each facility should plan to participate in this conference by sending no more than two key staff members. For your convenience, Baltimore County has provided online registration for this free training at
http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/ContactUs/emergencyprepare.html.If you are unable to register online, you may also call (410) 887-2717 or utilize the tear off to the left.