Disaster Planning and Emergency Preparedness Plan for Home Care and Assisted Living Providers
Home Care Providers
Minnesota home care laws (Minnesota Statutes, section 144A.4791, subdivision 12) require that home care providers have written plans of action to facilitate the management of client care and services in response to a natural disaster, such as flood and storms, or other emergencies that may disrupt home care providers’ ability to provide care or services. In addition to a written plan of action, licensees must provide adequate orientation and training to staff on emergency preparedness.
Housing with Services Establishments
Effective as of January 1, 2016, registered housing with services establishments must meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 144D.11, which include the following:
- Have a written emergency disaster plan that contains:
- a plan for evacuation,
- addresses elements of sheltering in-place,
- identifies temporary relocation sites, and
- details staff assignments in the event of a disaster or an emergency;
- Post an emergency disaster plan prominently;
- Provide building emergency exit diagrams to all tenants upon signing a lease;
- Post emergency exit diagrams on each floor;
- Have a written policy and procedure regarding missing tenants;
- Provide emergency and disaster training to all staff during the initial staff orientation and annually thereafter. (Staff who have not received emergency and disaster training are allowed to work only when trained staff are also working on site.);
- Make emergency and disaster training available to all tenants annually;
- Conduct and document a fire drill or other emergency drill at least every six months. To the extent possible, drills must be coordinated with local fire departments or other community emergency resources.
Resources Available at MDH to Assist Providers in Preparing for Emergencies
The Minnesota Climate and Health Program has developed materials to help Minnesotans understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change on health.
The Program has developed a few resources that may be of interest:
- A series of six PowerPoint presentations presents information on the health impacts of climate change, including impacts related to extreme heat, air quality, and water quantity and quality. Communication and Trainings
- The Extreme Heat Toolkit has information about health issues caused by extreme heat (including a chart with symptoms and safety tips), information about who is most vulnerable, and more. Minnesota Extreme Heat Toolkit