Important: ISDH Clarification regarding Life Safety Code/Emergency Preparedness & Incident Reporting
The November 26 ISDH Long Term Care Newsletter contained the following important clarification regarding the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) contact number for use when emergency incidents require a full or partial evacuation:
Life Safety Code/Emergency Preparedness & Incident Reporting
Certain Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Federal Emergency Preparedness Rules require that facilities have within their policies, accurate contact information. Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) wants to clarify that for those emergency incidents that require a full or partial evacuation, the ISDH contact number is 317-460-7287. Surveyors will need to verify that the Emergency Preparedness plan contains the correct information. While it may be appropriate also for the gateway address to be in certain life safety code plans, such as Fire Watch notification, and other incidents that do not require implementation of a facility's emergency plan, the correct phone number, listed above, should be in the Emergency Preparedness plans and available to ensure staff have the ability to immediately inform ISDH in appropriate situations, such as those involving the Emergency Management Agency or requiring full or partial evacuation.
Incident Reporting Policy - See Page 12
For additional information or questions contact Amy Kelley, Life Safety Code / Emergency Preparedness Supervisor, at 317-234-8502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.