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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 links on this 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
2010 47th Terrace East
Bradenton, Florida 34203


  • Please submit a 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.

Planning Resources



Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)


Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)


Florida Agency for Personal with Disabilities


Florida Department of Elder Affairs


Florida Department of Health


Manatee County Department of Health



FEMA Independent Study Courses at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI)


The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers online, self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. Courses are free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. These courses can provide education on disaster planning, mock disaster exercise planning, and more. Some courses are healthcare-specific, including:



IS-100.HC: Introduction to the Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals


IS-200.HC Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations


IS-808 Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 – Public Health and Medical Services


Responder Stress, Psychological First Aid, and CISD


·         Publications from SAMSHA on Mental Health & Disaster Issues
·         Medical Reserve Corps Psychological First Aid Field Guide 2nd edition
·         TIPS for First Responders
·         University of South Florida
Other Training (free, online, self-paced):

The Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness