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DOH to Conduct Statewide Emergency Preparedness Drill

The Department of Health (DOH) will be conducting a Statewide Interoperable Communications (IOC) drill the week of Aug. 12-16, 2019. The drill is being conducted in conjunction with a federal exercise sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) entitled Crimson Contagion.

The drill is open to several provider types statewide, including nursing homes, home care, hospice, and adult care facilities. It should be noted that we previously reported that the drill would not include New York City providers, however that has since changed and those providers will be included in the drill as well. The drill is voluntary but can be used to fulfill federal and/or state requirements for organizations to hold emergency preparedness exercises. DOH will be holding an informational webinar to discuss the drill and answer questions from providers on Tues., July 23rd from 2 to 3 p.m., and again on Tues., July 30th from 2 to 3 p.m. The webinar will also be recorded.

Click here for more information about the drill and the webinars. Click here for a blank After-Action Report/Improvement Plan template you may use as documentation of the drill for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness Rule, for those to whom the CMS rule applies.

Questions about the drill should be directed to Pat Anders, Exercise Manager, Office of Health Emergency Preparedness, DOH, at Patricia.anders@health.ny.gov.

Contact: Diane Darbyshire, ddarbyshire@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8828