Emergency Preparedness for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities

The Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) is responsible for assuring the safety, welfare and health of persons using regulated health and community care provider services in Wisconsin.

The State Expert Panel on Healthcare Facilities was established to help regulated health and community care provider services in their emergency preparedness efforts. The State Expert Panel consists of the Division of Public Health (DPH) and DQA staff, health care providers, and other stakeholders, and provides resources and training for emergency preparedness. The State Expert Panel has developed assessment tools and sample plans to assist providers in their emergency preparedness efforts.

Your facility is a vital asset and plays a critical role in the health of residents in your community. There are many potential hazards that may damage your facility and threaten the health and safety of your residents and staff. "Preparedness" will help protect your facility, your residents, and your staff.

Federal Emergency Preparedness Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an emergency preparedness rule for health providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid.

Emergency Preparedness Toolkits and Regional Coalitions

DPH has developed toolkits and other resources to assist providers with emergency preparedness planning.

Emergency Preparedness Documents

The following documents are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program. They are intended for use by long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Hazard Vulnerability Assessment

The following documents are provided by the DHS Emergency Preparedness Program. They are intended for use by long-term care or assisted living facilities.

Incident Management Team/Job Action Sheet (JAS) Samples

This is a set of the eight key Incident Management Team positions. These are samples written with long-term care and assisted living facilities in mind. They may be modified as needed by a given facility.

The following incident command team JASs are provided:

Publications

Additional Resources

Last Revised: November 13, 2018