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.

About CAHF-DPP

Nursing Home Incident Command System

The Incident Command System is  part of the emergency management system in many levels (federal, state, and local). It is the basis for the National Incident Management System and California's State Emergency Management System. Every significant incident or event, whether large or small, and whether it is even defined as an emergency, requires certain management functions to be performed. 

Building on the work of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), the California Association of Health Facilities has developed the Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS) Manual and Train-the-Trainer Program as a method of organizing and coordinating emergency efforts in the Long-Term Care community.

NOTE: Originally posted in 2010, NHICS was revised in 2011 by the American Health Care Association Disaster Preparedness Committee to increase its national applicability and relevancy to long-term care health facilities. It has been revised again in 2017 by CAHF-DPP and Emerge Technologies for a better user experience, and to be more applicable to Skilled Nursing Facilities. Users are encouraged to check this site regularly for updates and revisions to the NHICS.

FULL MATERIALS

Nursing Home Incident Command System (NHICS): Electronic Handbook, 2017 Edition (pdf)

NHICS Guidebook (pdf)

Combined NHICS Forms (pdf)

 All-Hazards Incident Planning Guide (pdf)  (doc)

 

NHICS FORMS

NHICS JOB ACTION SHEETS

Command Staff:  

Operations Section:  

Planning Section:  

Logistics Section:  

Finance/Admin Section:  

NHICS INCIDENT RESPONSE GUIDES

NHICS TRAINING MODULES