Disaster Preparedness Guidefor Assisted Living FacilitiesFlorida Center forAssisted LivingFlorida Health Care AssociationDEVELOPING A DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MANUAL FOR ASSISTEDLIVING FACILITIESThis publication has been developed by the Florida Health Care Association, the Florida Centerfor Assisted Living, and the American Health Care Association as a reference tool to help anyassisted living facility in the development and implementation of a disaster preparedness plan. Asresidential care settings offering housing, supervision, and care for elderly citizens and personswith disabilities, ALFs share an ethical and professional responsibility to their community to planand prepare for emergency operations. Given that in 2030, 26% of Florida’s population will beaged 65 years and older (as compared to an average of 19% for the rest of the nation), Floridafaces unique opportunities and environmental challenges in supporting the residents who call ourALF communities home.Natural disasters test the best plans made by assisted living providers and force us to make difficultchoices under stressful circumstances, the most serious of which is often whether or not to evacuatea facility. Further confounding attempts to offer emergency preparedness guidelines is that assistedliving facilities differ greatly in their population, location, resources, services offered, and structure.While this publication may not be a perfect fit for all assisted living facilities, we … Purchase document to see full attachment
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