The Lutheran Community Home

Emergency Operations Plan

Policy Statement

This plan provides for emergency preparedness for events such as what would be generally called a disaster and prescribes the general policies and procedures to be followed during any disaster or potential disaster situation. The purpose of this plan is to describe the scope, responsibilities, and capabilities of the emergency preparedness program and emergency response at Lutheran Community Home. LCH will apply a Hazard Vulnerability Assessment (HVA) methodology to evaluate potential hazards to the facility and provide a guide for prioritized effort to address emergency operations issues. By using this methodology an all hazards approach will be strengthened.

Situations covered in this plan include the following: (click button to read plan)

LCH is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for both residents and staff. To continue providing quality care to residents of LCH during times of major emergencies and/or disasters when such events are reasonably believed to be pending by maintaining close coordination and planning links with local emergency response organizations on an ongoing basis.

It will be the responsibility of the highest-ranking staff person on duty to declare a situation a disaster and activate the disaster and evacuation policy and procedure.

Four Elements of Emergency Preparedness

  • Mitigation
  • Preparedness
  • Response
  • Recovery

Annual Review

1. This emergency plan is reviewed annually or whenever new information or lessons learned warrant a change be made to keep the plan and/or procedures current.

2. The facility will collaborate with local, regional, State, and/or Federal emergency preparedness officials to maintain an integrated response during a disaster or emergency situation, including documentation of the facility’s efforts to contact such officials.

3. Each year, our facility will participate in a full-scale exercise and participate in one additional testing exercise. Documentation will be maintained of all drills, tabletop exercises, and emergency events. The plan will be revised as needed

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