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Category Archives: Emergency/Disaster Planning

“STOP-FYRE” Fire Extinguishers

There is a company by the name of AKE with dealers in some states bordering Missouri selling unlisted fire extinguishers to businesses.  If you get calls or questions about these “STOP-FYRE” fire extinguishers, or find them during an inspection, explain to the facility that 1998 NFPA 10, paragraph 1-4.3 require fire extinguishers to have a UL listing, or listing from another recognized testing laboratory such as ANSI, indicating they have been tested, and meet or exceed the performance standards for fire extinguishers.  The website is www.AKE.com.

Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report – Second Quarter 2014

Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here:  Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report Second Quarter 2014

Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report – First Quarter 2014

Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here: Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report First Quarter 2014.

Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 3 – 7, 2014:  Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week

March 4, 2014:  Annual Missouri Severe Weather Drill

The annual drill will be held on March 4th, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.  In case of actual severe weather on March 4th, the drill will be postponed until Thursday, March 6th, also at 1:30 p.m.  For more information, visit SEMA at http://sema.dps.mo.gov/.

MALA Spring Conference

April 13 – 15, 2014:  Ever Upward with MALA

Please visit the Missouri Assisted Living Association (MALA) at www.malarcf.org.

Emergency Preparedness Winter Weather Special Update February 4, 2014

LTC Information Special Update  February 04, 2014 

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation is sending the following weather-related reminders in light of Missouri’s considerable snowfall and ice accumulation across the state.  Please take time to familiarize yourselves with your home’s emergency plan, double-check your emergency reserves of food and other disaster-related preparedness items, and know that your service to the elderly in all types of weather is appreciated.

Winter Weather Information

http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/naturaldisasters.php

http://stormaware.mo.gov/

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/states.php?state=MO

Emergency Protocol for Long-Term Care Homes

The Emergency Protocol was developed in 2007 for communication between long-term care homes and the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation, in the event a disaster occurs that results in a loss of a necessary service.  (Electricity, water, gas, telephone, etc.)  This protocol was established to streamline communication so that homes can focus on what is most important – the safety and well-being of the residents.

This protocol provides the cellular telephone number corresponding to the region in which your home is located if you experience a loss in a necessary service that has the potential to affect resident safety or well-being.  You are encouraged to contact the regional main office telephone number during normal business hours, as survey staff carry the emergency cell phone and may be conducting a survey or inspection during working hours and may not answer immediately.

Please remember, this protocol is NOT to be used to self-report incidents normally reported to the Elderly Abuse & Neglect Hotline (1-800-392-0210).

Region Main Office Emergency Only Cell Number
#1 Springfield (417) 895-6435 (417) 425-8780
#2 Poplar Bluff (573) 840-9580 (573) 778-6495
#3 Kansas City (816) 889-2818 (816) 719-0089
#4 Cameron (816) 632-6541 (816) 632-9371
#5 Macon (660) 385-5763 (660) 651-1468
#6 Jefferson City (573) 751-2270 (573) 619-3338
#7 St Louis (314) 340-7360 (314) 623-2852

Missouri regional map: http://health.mo.gov/seniors/nursinghomes/providerinfo.php – click on Long Term Care Regions

Disaster and emergency planning resources: http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/

If you have any questions about the Emergency Protocol for Long-Term Care Homes, please contact the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation at 573-526-8524.

Ensure Your Local EMD has a Copy of Your Home’s Current Emergency Plan

Missouri is again experiencing extreme weather conditions, and there is a chance of even more inclement weather in the forecast.  The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation would like to remind you there are emergency preparedness representatives in your community to help you with emergency planning and are there to help in the event of a disaster.

You can find your local emergency management director (EMD) on the State Emergency Management Agency’s (SEMA) website at www.sema.dps.mo.gov.  Scroll down to Contact Your Local Emergency Management Agency and choose your county.

State regulations require all long-term care homes to provide a copy of their emergency plan to their local EMD.  Please reference the following regulations:

19 CSR 30-85.022 (33) and 19 CSR 30-86.022 (5)(A) All facilities shall have a written plan to meet potential emergencies or disasters and shall request consultation and assistance annually from a local fire unit for review of fire and evacuation plans.  If the consultation cannot be obtained, the facility shall inform the state fire marshal in writing and request assistance in review of the plan.  An up-to-date copy of the facility’s entire plan shall be provided to the local jurisdiction’s emergency management director.

For additional information regarding emergency preparedness, please contact Melissa Hope, Planner II, Division of Regulation and Licensure at melissa.hope@health.mo.gov.

Resources are also available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website, http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3/adultcare.php.

Health Update: January 31, 2014 Influenza in Missouri

Health Alerts, Advisories and Updates

Health Update:  January 31, 2014

SUBJECT: Influenza in Missouri, 2013-2014

On December 26, 2013, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) issued a Health Advisory containing information on the current influenza season as well as recommendations on diagnostic testing and the use of antiviral drugs (http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/pdf/HAd122613.pdf).

This Health Update summarizes influenza activity in Missouri through late January, and provides information on how medical providers and facilities can access DHSS’ Weekly Influenza Report.  Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates are available on the DHSS website.  For the most current information, please visit: http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/ert/alertsadvisories/index.php.