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Rhode Island Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan to conduct mock evacuation exercise with healthcare facilities

Providence, RI - The Rhode Island Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP / will be conducting mock facility evacuation scenarios in long-term care facilities on September 11 and 13, 2013. Although rare, the evacuation of a healthcare facility is a complex event requiring significant coordination with the municipality, regional partners, and the state. The focus of these exercises is to evaluate the interaction of the LTC-MAP members in preparation for internal events (fire, power failures, etc.) and external events (hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes, etc.). The focus will be on communications, tracking of evacuated residents, and handling an influx of residents at receiving facilities.

The exercises include operations coordinated out of a simulated "Disaster Struck Facility", where mock residents will be staged awaiting transportation to "Resident Accepting Facilities" within the LTC-MAP. The Department Operations Center (DOC) at the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) will be activated to ensure accountability for all facilities and house a Long Term Care Group specifically focused on providing information and support to the nursing homes. Volunteers will play the role of mock residents being evacuated from and to various nursing homes.

The exercises are a joint effort by the LTC-MAP members, Russell Phillips & Associates, HEALTH, the Rhode Island Health Care Association, LeadingAge Rhode Island, and local fire departments, EMS, and emergency management officials.

Date & Time of Exercise -- Region -- Disaster Struck Facility -- City:

* September 11, 2013 -- 9:00am-12:45pm -- Northern -- Cedar Crest Nursing Centre -- Cranston

* September 13, 2013 -- 9:00am-12:45pm -- Southern -- Saint Elizabeth Home -- East Greenwich

About the LTC- MAP:

This plan works to prepare all of the long-term care facilities to stand together in a disaster with pre-event planning for evacuation and resource/asset support. The objectives of this plan are to have a Memorandum of Understanding/Agreement among all ninety (90) long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in Rhode Island to provide mutual aid for each other during an emergency and to have a coordinated plan that outlines the actions and information needed before, during, and after any major emergency event.

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