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Missouri conducts LTC facility disaster preparedness survey

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The Missouri Section for Long-term Care Regulation (SLCR) is conducting its fifth annual emergency preparedness survey.

The SLCR lets nursing homes and assisted living facilities participate on a voluntary, confidential basis. The agency received 512 responses last year.

The agency asks the facility managers who fill out the survey whether they’ve reviewed the facility emergency plan in the last 12 months.

The agency also asks whether a long list of entities has reviewed the facility’s emergency plan. The list includes the facility’s phone company, electric company and gas company as well as the local emergency management office and the Red Cross.

Other topics included in the survey are the types of problems addressed in the emergency plan, the kinds of systems a facility could use to communicate in an emergency, and mutual aid agreements involving other LTC facilities.

Missouri has been conducting the emergency preparedness survey as many nursing homes in the Northeast have had to active emergency plans to cope with Hurricane Sandy.

Twitter users have been reporting that many nursing homes that could be in the path of Hurricane Sandy have been ordered to send residents elsewhere.

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