Make a Disaster Plan

Planning ahead for an emergency will help you and your loved ones stay safe and connected if a disaster occurs.

In addition to making a disaster plan, there are other ways you can prepare for an emergency:

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Emergency Planning for Medical Facilities

Healthcare Facilities Checklist

Planning Criteria for Medical Facilities

In 1995, House Bill 911 was signed into legislation requiring all health care facilities to have comprehensive emergency management plans (CEMP) developed by each facility and then reviewed by the local emergency management office for compliance to the specific state criteria. The purpose of this bill was designed to reinforce the concept that healthcare facilities, as part of doing business, are responsible for their own residents/clientele not only during normal business operations, but also during emergency situations.

Each facility must develop a plan that addresses all the required criteria found in the State’s criteria checklists and the appropriate requirements found in Florida Statute and the Florida Administrative Code. The criteria checklists are provided as a link to the Agency for Health Care Administration's (AHCA) website. Each year, disaster plans must be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, for compliance in addressing those criteria. For those companies that have multiple facilities found in several different counties, each facility must submit a disaster plan to their respective county emergency management office.

The following minimum criteria are to be used when Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans (CEMP) for all Residential Health Care Facilities (Facilities), including, but not limited to Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and other Residential Health Care Providers. The criteria will serve as the recommended plan format for the CEMP, and will also serve as the compliance review document for county emergency management agencies upon submission for review and approval pursuant to Chapter 252, Florida Statutes.

Disaster plans must be submitted by mail or email to:

Emergency Management Division
Manatee County Department of Public Safety
2101 47th Terrace East
Bradenton, Florida 34203

  • Please submit an ELECTRONIC COPY of your disaster plan for our review.
  • You must include current contact information for the plan.
  • Do not include any patient protected health information in your disaster plan.

Fees for the disaster review process are allowed to be charged at the discretion of the County Emergency Management Office, to the maximum amounts identified in F.A.C. Chapter 9G-20.