Exercises & Drills

As of October 2016, the Center for Medicaid/Medicare (CMS) requires LTC facilities to complete and document two annual exercises - one needs to be a full-scale exercise (FSX), and the second can be a table top exercise (TTX). Many counties in California participate in the Statewide Medical Health Exercise, which occurs in November every year. The Great California ShakeOut program also provides exercise scenarios for healthcare facilities. 


(adapted from the University of Houston) ​

     Established in September 2006, with the help of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and with funding through the Federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the California Association of Health Facilities' Disaster Preparedness Program (CAHF-DPP) supports the integration of Long-Term Care (LTC) into disaster planning and response efforts throughout the state of California. 


     CAHF's Disaster Preparedness Program is designed to take an all hazards approach and has several aspects: education, facilitation of planning efforts, development of resources and tools, and state-level advocacy for long-term care.