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: Policy: Adolescent Addictive Diseases Group Homes DHR Online Directive Information Procedure: EMERGENCY / DISASTER System (ODIS) Directive # 6311-404 PREPAREDNESS PLAN Page 2 of 3 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. Policy: Adolescent Addictive Diseases Group Homes DHR Online Directive Information Procedure: EMERGENCY / DISASTER System (ODIS) Directive # 6311-404 PREPAREDNESS PLAN Page 3 of 3 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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