New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules
He - Department of Health and Human Services
Subtitle He-P - Former Division of Public Health Services
Section He-P 810.24 - Emergency Preparedness

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 810.24

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) Each facility shall have an individual or group, known as an emergency management committee, with the authority for developing, implementing, exercising, and evaluating the emergency management program. The committee shall include the facility administrator and others who have knowledge of the facility and the capability to identify resources from key functional areas within the facility and shall solicit applicable external representation, as appropriate.

(b) The emergency management committee shall develop and institute a written emergency preparedness plan (plan) to respond to a disaster or an emergency.

(c) The plan in (b) above shall:

(1) Include site-specific plans for the protection of all persons on-site in the event of fire, natural disaster, or severe weather and human-caused emergency to include, but not be limited to, missing clients and bomb threat;

(2) Be approved by the local emergency management director and reviewed and approved, as appropriate, by the local fire department;

(3) Be available to all personnel;

(4) Be based on realistic conceptual events;

(5) Be modeled on the Incident Command System (ICS) in coordination with local emergency response agencies;

(6) Include the facility's response to both short-term and long-term interruptions in the availability of utility service in the disaster or emergency, including establishing contingency plans for continuity of essential building systems or evacuation to include the following, as applicable:
a. Electricity;

b. Water;

c. Ventilation;

d. Fire protection systems;

e. Fuel sources;

f. Medical gas and vacuum systems, if applicable; and g. Communications systems;

(7) Include a plan for alerting and managing staff in a disaster, and accessing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), if necessary;

(8) Include the management of clients, particularly with respect to physical and clinical issues to include relocation of clients with their medical record including the medication administration records, if time permits, as detailed in the emergency plan;

(9) Include an educational program for the staff, to provide an overview of the components of the emergency management program, concepts of the ICS, and the staff's specific duties and responsibilities; and

(10) If the facility is located within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant and is part of the New Hampshire plan for radiological emergency preparedness, include this plan in the event of a radiological disaster or emergency.

(d) The facility shall contact the local emergency management director annually to determine if any revisions are needed based upon current trends in emergency management, local policy changes, and hazard changes. Annually, the facility shall participate in a community-based disaster drill which may be a table top discussion drill with outside agencies.

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