Assisted Living, News

California governor signs ALF emergency preparedness bill

A measure designed to boost emergency preparedness for assisted living communities was recently signed by California Governor Brown and will take effect January 1, 2019. The measure, (AB 3098) will require:

• Initial and annual training on emergency preparedness plan for all staff
• Drills, at least quarterly, under varied emergency situations, for each shift
• Annual plan review and updates as needed
• Evacuation chairs for multistory buildings (effective July 1, 2019)
• Identification of two evacuation sites with one being outside the immediate area
• Procedures for confirming location of residents
• Staff access to resident information and vehicle and facility keys
• Designated assembly point(s) for use during an evacuation
• Identification of utility shut-off locations
• Location and operation of generators, if used
• Communicating with the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) during an emergency
• Two methods of communicating during an emergency, and resident/family awareness of those methods
• Staff knowledge of their role during an emergency
• Encouraging residents to participate in drills