Oregon Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities
Emergency and Disaster Planning
An emergency preparedness plan is a written procedure that identifies a facility’s response to an emergency or disaster for the purpose of minimizing loss of life, mitigating trauma, and to the extent possible, maintaining services for residents, and preventing or reducing property loss.
The facility must prepare and maintain a written emergency preparedness plan in accordance with the OFC.
The emergency preparedness plan must:
Include analysis and response to potential emergency hazards, including, but not limited to:
Evacuation of a facility;
Fire, smoke, bomb threat, and explosion;
Prolonged power failure, water, and sewer loss;
Hurricane, tornado, tsunami, volcanic eruption, flood, and earthquake;
Chemical spill or leak; and
Address the medical needs of the residents, including:
Access to medical records necessary to provide services and treatment; and
Access to pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and equipment during and after an evacuation.
Include provisions and supplies sufficient to shelter in place for a minimum of three days without electricity, running water, or replacement staff.
The facility must notify the Department, the local AAA office, or designee, of the facility’s status in the event of an emergency that requires evacuation and during any emergent situation when requested.
The facility must conduct a drill of the emergency preparedness plan at least twice a year in accordance with the OFC and other applicable state and local codes as required. One of the practice drills may consist of a walk-through of the duties or a discussion exercise with a hypothetical event, commonly known as a tabletop exercise. These simulated drills may not take the place of the required fire drills.
The facility must annually review or update the emergency preparedness plan as required by the OFC and the emergency preparedness plan must be available on-site for review upon request.