The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourage long term care facilities (LCTFs) to engage with their local healthcare coalition. The healthcare coalition for LCTFs in eastern Virginia is the Eastern Virginia Healthcare Coalition (EVHC).
The EVHC can assist you in the development nd refinement of your facility's emergency preparedness program to include:
- Hazard Vulnerability Analysis
- Communications plan development
- Emergency Operations Plan development
- Emergency Operations Plan & Communication Plan testing, including tabletop, functional and full scale exercises
- Plan and exercise evaluation
Aa an LCTF in the eastern region you are encouaged to obtain access to the Virginia Healthcare Alerting and Status System (VHASS). VHASS is a secure, web-based emergency management system to coordinate and streamline individual and regional health care response to all hazards. Fully interoperable, built -in modules “handshake” with one another to save time, reduce confusion and provide intelligent real-time responses. VHASS includes modules that provide for: all hazards planning; communications before, during and after an emergemcy; patient and resident tracking; event and situation reporting and facility status reporting. To learn more about VHASS go to: http://info.vhha-mci.org/
The EVHC remains committed to assisting you in meeting the national, state and regional healthcare disaster preparedness objectives. For assistance please contact Ms. Michelle Cowling, LCTF Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at (757) 963-0632.