Quality, Safety & Oversight Group- Emergency Preparedness General Guidance
Guidance for Surveyors, Providers and Suppliers for Natural Disaster Preparedness
Providers and suppliers, as well as State Survey Agencies and Regional Offices often face unique challenges regarding emergency preparedness and response to a variety of natural disasters to include hurricanes, and subsequent flooding.
The Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers regulation speaks to requirements for providers and suppliers to use an “all-hazards” approach based on their facilities risk-assessment. We believe planning for natural disasters assists in designing an Emergency Preparedness Plan, as well as ensuring patient and staff safety in the event of an emergency.
Hurricanes may cause a variety of hazards, such as care-related emergencies, equipment and power failures, interruptions in communications and operations as well as loss of normal supply essentials or structure of the facility. Hurricanes potentially also have additional subsequent events, such as severe weather which may last for a duration.