AADGH Emergency Disaster Preparedness Policy Plan by P1OBWG

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									Georgia Department of Human Resources                        DHR Online Directive Information System (ODIS)
Division of Mental Health, Developmental                     Directive # 6311-404
Disabilities & Addictive Diseases                            Page 1 of 3
Policy: Adolescent Addictive Diseases Group Homes
Procedure: Emergency / Disaster Preparedness Plan

Ap pl ica bi lit y : S ta te -o p er at ed co m mu n i t y   Effective Date for Procedure: Dec. 1, 2005
ser v ice s : Ad o le sce n t Ad d ict i ve Di se as e s     Approved:
Gro up Ho me s ( AAD GH)
                                                             Gwendolyn B. Skinner, Director, Division of MHDDAD
Attachments: None


EMERGENCY/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLAN

The Adolescent Addictive Diseases Group Home (AADGH) protects the safety of the adolescents
and staff during severe weather, fire, disaster or other hazardous or crisis situations.

PROCEDURES

All AADGH staff are trained in First Aid, CPR and the procedures outlined in this policy to
respond to severe weather, snow, ice, and cold weather, fire/evacuation emergency, disaster and
other conditions which pose potential hazards to the AADGH residents and staff.

FIRE/EVACUATION PREPAREDNESS PLAN

Fire Protection/Evacuation Plan:

The Team Leader ensures that a Fire/Evacuation Plan is reviewed, posted, and accessible to the
residents of the home.

Fire/Evacuation Plan consists of a floor plan which:
     Indicates all exit doors, windows, stairways.
     Designates at least two (2) ways to exit the home.
     Designates a meeting place outside the home in case of the need to evacuate.
     Designates one or more severe weather safety areas.

Fire Protection Equipment:

The Team Leader or designee ensures that the AADGH maintains the following fire equipment in
functional condition. There are two ten (10) pound multi-purpose fire extinguishers. Smoke
detectors installed in the living and dining areas of the residences.

Fire Safety Inspections:

        The Team Leader ensures internal fire safety inspections are conducted at least quarterly.

        The Team Leader schedules annual inspections of the residence by the Fire Marshall.

Fire/Evacuation Drills:
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The Team Leader or designee ensures the AADGH staff conduct fire/evacuation drills and
documents them on the Fire/Evacuation Drill Form. Evacuation drills are held in the following
manner:

      Each shift conducts a fire/evaluation drill one a quarter.

      One fire/evacuation drill is scheduled within one (1) week of a new resident admission or
       the hiring of a new staff.

      Drills are timed to ensure all occupants evacuate the residence within three (3) minutes.



SEVERE WEATHER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN

Severe Weather Safety Area:

The Team Leader ensures one or more severe weather safety areas are designated and clearly
indicated on the Fire/Evacuation Plan and that the plan is reviewed, posted and accessible to all
occupants of the AADGH.

One fire/evacuation drill is scheduled within one (1) week of a new resident admission or the
hiring of a new staff member.

Drills are timed to ensure all occupants evacuate the residence within (3) minutes

Severe Weather Safety Equipment:

The Team Leader ensures the AADGH maintains the following severe weather safety equipment
in functional condition and that these items are kept in the designated areas.

      Flashlight

      First aid kit

      Battery-operated radio

      Spare batteries

      Blankets

Severe Weather Drills

The Team Leader ensures the AADGH staff conducts severe weather drills and document them on
the Severe Weather Drill Form. The severe weather drills are conducted as follows:

      Each shift conducts a severe weather drill once each quarter.
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      One severe weather drill will be scheduled within one (1) week after a new resident
       admission or the hiring of a new staff member.

      Drills are timed to ensure all occupants and severe weather safety equipment can be moved
       to the severe weather safety area(s) within (3) minutes.

Utility Service or Other Disruption to Normal Living Conditions:

In the event the home is without electricity, gas, water, or is threatened by any other hazard which
could disrupt normal living conditions, the staff will immediately notify the Team Leader or
Director.

AADGH Residence Becomes Uninhabitable:

In the event of a fire, disaster, or other situation which prevents residents and staff from remaining
at the home, the Team Leader will contact the Director.

The Director will designate an alternate, appropriate, temporary residence. Local hotels may be an
option depending on the circumstances of the situation.

State Hospitals are available to provide accommodations to residents of the home in event of a
crisis situation and is the designated emergency site in cases of major disaster. In these situations,
AADGH staff are scheduled to provide support services to the State Hospital. Medications are
brought to the State Hospital by AADGH staff and secured by the State Hospital nursing staff.

The Team Leader ensures the budget funds are set aside to provide emergency shelter (e.g. hotel or
locations other than the State Hospital) in the event this is deemed the most suitable and
appropriate setting for temporary relocation.

								
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