S&C 14-12: Emergency Preparedness Checklist Revised

Nancy Leveille and Karen Morris in Clinical & Quality

Per a recent AHCA memo, on Feb. 28, CMS issued a Survey and Certification Emergency Preparedness Initiative: S&C Emergency Preparedness Checklist Revision.  The revisions were made to the recommended CMS Emergency Checklist.  According to the Survey & Certification Memorandum, the information is current policy and is in effect for all healthcare facilities.  Highlights of the changes:

  • Detailed guidance for patient/resident tracking, to include that the facility should have a  plan for when a patient/resident is determined to be missing during an evacuation

  • Quantity of water a facility should transport during an evacuation

  • Expectation of collaboration with Healthcare Coalitions and Local Emergency Personnel

  • Reference is made to use FEMA in updating existing emergency plans and using FEMA's best practices and guidance when updating emergency plans.

The link to the S&C letter can be found here:


If you have questions, please contact Peggy Connorton at pconnorton@ahca.org.

NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 


Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15