Missouri has experienced extreme weather conditions this winter, and there is a chance of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources are also available on the Department of Health and Senior Services website, http://health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3/adultcare.php.
Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here: Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Fourth Quarter 2013
The national shortage of TUBERSOL® used in the administration of PPD tuberculin skin tests appears to be resolved and is now widely available. Providers should administer PPD tuberculin skin tests that were deferred due to the shortage. Please make every effort to complete all deferred testing within the next 30 days. If you are unable to meet this timeframe, please work with your Regional Office to establish an acceptable timeframe to complete your deferred testing. If you have any questions, you may also contact Joan Brundick at 573-751-6308 or send an email to email@example.com.
posted December 6, 2013