Are you prepared for emergencies? CALA members are; according to “Emergency Preparedness in Assisted Living,” an article in the Spring 2013 issue of CALA News & Views, “When planning for unforseen events, Assisted Living communities of all sizes must evaluate many potential hazards and events that could impact their residents. By reviewing the laws and regulations governing disaster planning…providers can create and maintain comprehensive disaster plans, and be prepared for any possibility.”
One potential situation that California’s communities prepare for is earthquakes. CALA recently learned from a Student Scholarship recipient that many CALA members are participating in the Great California ShakeOut in order to make sure their employees, residents, and communities are prepared. According to the Great California ShakeOut website:
While some areas of California are more likely to have earthquakes than others…all of California is at higher risk compared to the rest of the country.
The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes… The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.
Statewide, there are over nine million participants in the Great California ShakeOut, including many CALA members. Participants will hold emergency drills on October 17th to prepare for a potential earthquake. If you would like your community to participate, here are some helpful instructions from the ShakeOut website:
Register as an organization to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.
Between now and October 17:
Consider what may happen in a major earthquake and plan what you will do now to prepare, so that when it happens your group will be able to recover quickly.
Talk to other senior facilities/communities about what they have done, and encourage them to join you in getting more prepared.
Download audio and video “drill broadcast” recordings to play during your drill (Video versions have text captions).
October 17, 10:17 a.m.:
Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Have your residents Drop to the ground, take Cover under a table or desk, and Hold On to it as if a major earthquake were happening (stay down for at least 60 seconds). Practice now so you will immediately protect yourself during earthquakes! (See this page for what to do if in bed, outside, driving, in a tall building, or other situations.) For people with disabilities or access and functional needs, download our preparedness guide (661 KB) PDF.
While still under the table, or wherever you are, look around and imagine what would happen in a major earthquake. What would fall on you or others? What would be damaged? What would life be like after? What will you do before the actual earthquake happens to reduce losses and quickly recover?
Finally, you can practice what you will do after the shaking stops.
After your drill is complete, have discussions about what was learned and incorporate these lessons into your disaster plan.
In addition to participating in the ShakeOut, CALA provides members with tools and best practices for reviewing and maintaining their emergency preparedness plans. Not yet a member, but interested in learning more about how CALA can help you with emergency preparedness? Contact CALA today!