Emergency Preparedness Resources

The Agency for Health Care Administration (Agency) is responsible for the oversight of emergency preparedness and planning for licensed and regulated health care facilities in Florida. To ensure the safety of all residents and patients in these facilities, the Agency has established guidelines to follow when planning for natural or man-made emergencies/disasters.

Emergency Management Planning Criteria

Many licensed health care facilities are required by statute or rule to have an approved comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP). The plan must include:

Rulemaking Notice

Notice of Rule Workshop
The Agency for Health Care Administration announces a workshop to which all persons are invited.

DATE AND TIME: June 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

PLACE: Agency for Health Care Administration, 2727 Mahan Drive, Building #3, Conference Room B, Tallahassee, Florida 32308; call-in option at 1(888)670-3525 (participant passcode: 6396795315#)

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The Agency is proposing to create a new rule regarding Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMPs) for its regulated providers that require CEMPs. The new rule will incorporate by reference forms that must be submitted for CEMPs. Incorporating the forms into one rule chapter will enable the Agency to make uniform changes more effectively and assist providers to more easily locate the information.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Rebecca Willis at Rebecca.Willis@ahca.myflorida.com or (850)412-4413. A copy of the preliminary draft of the reference material is available at http://ahca.myflorida.com/MCHQ/Emergency_Activities/index.shtml or by contacting Rebecca Willis.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 3 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Rebecca Willis, Bureau of Health Facility Regulation, 2727 Mahan Drive, MS 28A, Tallahassee, Florida, 32308, (850)412-4413, Rebecca.Willis@ahca.myflorida.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

Proposed CEMP Forms:





Current CEMP Forms

County Emergency Management Offices

Plan Review Contacts [PDF]

Emergency System

The Agency requires all licensees providing residential or inpatient services to use an Agency approved database for reporting its emergency status, planning or operations. The current approved database is the web-based EMResource. Providers must register for the system and designate a safety liaison/primary contact. Entering additional facility contacts in the system is encouraged.

A completed User form must be submitted to the Agency for each system user. User credentials will be sent directly to the individual upon processing and approval of the User form. Facility User Agreement forms may be obtained or the appropriate licensing unit or by calling (850) 412-4326.

Partners of the Agency must submit a Partner user agreement [93KB, PDF]. Partners include individuals employed by a state or federal governmental agency, health care provider association or those that work with the Agency during emergencies.

AHCA Emergency Resources

Other Emergency Resources

Consumer Emergency Preparedness Information