Many tribal nursing homes have developed emergency preparedness plans to safeguard elders in the event of a flood, fire, or other emergency.

A new best practices report from CMS describes how 5 tribal nursing homes prepare for emergencies. It shares their recommendations on partnerships, funding, and staff training that other LTSS facilities can use in their own planning.

CMS Emergency Preparedness rule: CMS now requireed health care facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid, including nursing home, to have emergency preparedness plans in place to protectthe wellbeing of their patients and staff.  More information about the emergency preparedness rule available on