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Are You Ready for a Disaster? How to comply with CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule. Y ou have until Nov. 16 to comply with CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule (osmag.net/maFP9Y), which mandates that you have policies and procedures in place for how your staff will react to natural and man-made disasters, and how your facility will work with federal, state and local authorities to coordinate community-wide responses to such large-scale emergency events as pandemic flu — H1N1 influenza virus, for example — hurricanes, tornados, fires, earthquakes, power outages, chemical spills, and nuclear or biological terrorist attacks. Don't worry. You can show Medicare surveyors that you're ready to handle whatever Mother Nature and mankind throw at you by taking this crash course in crisis management. Develop an "all hazards" response plan. Your plan should out- line how you'll deal with direct emergencies that impact your facility, such as an active shooter, and indirect emergencies that impact your entire community, such as a bioterrorism event. Consider internal and exter- nal emergency scenarios from a generic viewpoint and then drill down to specific line- 1 3 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 Safety Leslie Mattson, RN, BSHM, LNC CMS's Emergency Preparedness Rule osmag.net/maFP9Y • LESSONS LEARNED The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina demonstrated the importance of having a plan in place when disaster strikes. AP Photo/Bill Haber

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