Effective planning and response is achieved by coordination, cooperation and the participation of many groups, individuals and the community. A highly effective planning and response
team can be formed between the facility staff and community groups.
A. The Facility Manager : acts as Facility Emergency Management Coordinator; coodinates development of the disaster plan with municipal emergency management officials to make sure that it is compatible with the municipality's Emergency Operations Plan; assigns emergency responsibilities to staff members as required and with regard
to individual capacities and normal service function; conducts drills and initiates needed plan revisions based on drill evaluations; Arranges for the procurement, storage and maintenance of emergency supplies and equipment. Supplies may include necessary medications for residents, and a power generator, of appropriate capacity and fuel to operate it for a 24-hour period; and, supervises periodic safety checks of the physical facility, equipment and vehicles.
B. Facility Professional Staff: Participates in developing the facility's disaster plan and in emergency preparedness in-service training programs; helps occupants develop confidence in their ability to care for themselves; and, Provides leadership during a period of enforced confinement during an emergency.
C. Facility Maintenance Personnel: Inspects the facility for structural safety and report defects; identifies shut off valves and switches for gas, oil, water and electricity; provides for emergency operation of the ventilating system; maintains an inventory of tools and equipment; and, advises management of hazardous and protective areas in facility, and where the available emergency equipment and alternate power sources are located.
D. Facility Food Service Personnel: Maintains adequate supplies of non-perishable food and water for emergency use. Prepares a list of needed food supplies and a reliable source for supplies that can make them available under emergency or disaster conditions; and, trains in using mass feeding practices under emergency conditions.
E. Community: The community, which involves the municipal government, emergency medical services, law enforcement agencies and fire departments, is a valuable source for warning, resources, information and other related activities.