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Long-term Care Facilities: Emergency Preparedness Plans

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Long-term Care Facilities: Emergency Preparedness Plans

Knowing how to plan for disasters is essential to emergency management. Planning can make a difference in responding to an emergency. It can lessen the effects of a disaster, including saving lives and protecting property. It will help a community to recover more quickly from a disaster. Furthermore, caring for the frail older adult or medically-fragile resident can become especially difficult in a time of crisis. Therefore, you need to plan for the specific needs of your residents. This course reviews the reasons for planning and who should be involved in planning. The all-hazards model of emergency management planning is explained, as well as the critical issues involved in preparedness planning.


This lesson provides an overview of the first steps of emergency preparedness planning for Long-Term Care Facilities. Upon completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of preparedness planning
  • Identify who should be involved in planning, both internal and external
  • Explain the all-hazards model of planning and its advantages
  • Explain the critical issues in emergency preparedness planning for long-term care facilities.


This course is intended for community-based physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and other staff members who work in long-term care facilities.

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Originally launched August 27, 2008. Updated July 2015.


Free and open to the public.


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