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Emergency Preparedness

Additional Resources

Facility Evacuations

The Department must also be notified if, due to an emergency situation, residents need to be evacuated from a facility.  DIA may temporarily waive occupancy limits for a facility accepting evacuated residents, provided the accepting facility has sufficient staff and supplies to accommodate the additional residents. If a facility finds it necessary to relocate its residents, it is the facility's responsibility to make sure all records, medications, basic needs and associated materials are transported to the accepting facility.


Emergency Planning

Planning for emergencies ensures that the emergency services, local authorities and other organizations better communicate and coordinate their efforts, improving the management at the scene, in the emergency operations center, and the post-disaster recovery process.  Click here to download a Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment guide from the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM).


County Emergency Management Coordinators

A key player in any successful emergency plan is the County Emergency Management Coordinator.  Your local coordinator is an excellent source of information about emergency planning disaster preparedness.  Often, the local coordinator can assist a facility is lining up emergency provisions in the event that a disaster does strike.


Additional Internet Resources

A number of state and federal agencies have web sites devoted to emergency planning and disaster preparedness. Among those sites are:


Federal Agencies and Organizations

American Red Cross

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


State Agencies

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM)

State Fire Marshal's Office


Industry Associations and Organizations

Iowa Association of Homes & Services for the Aging

Iowa Health Care Association

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