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DOH's Office of Health Emergency Preparedness is Holding Webinars on Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Exercises

The Department of Health’s (DOH) Office of Health Emergency Preparedness will be conducting a series of emergency preparedness exercises in January and February. One of the goals of the drill is to test the communications in the event of an emergency. Providers will be given a scenario which will require them to respond to a survey on the Health Commerce System (HCS). The drill will involve adult care facilities, nursing homes, and home care agencies statewide with the exception of the five boroughs of New York City. For nursing home and home care providers that must comply with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Emergency Preparedness rule, participation in the exercise will fulfill one of the exercise requirements.

DOH will be holding informational webinars this month and next month to provide additional information and prepare providers. Click here to find a schedule of the webinars, which have been scheduled for Jan. 8th and 10th, and Feb. 1st and 2nd. The instructions provide the information that you need to join. DOH has provided this presentation, which will be discussed during the webinar. While you can select any of the four webinars to participate in, the Department has provided the following schedule for drills, so Capital District and Central New York providers should participate in the January webinars. 

Capital District

Jan. 22nd – Feb. 2nd

Central New York

Jan. 17th – Jan. 31st

MARO – Long Island

Feb. 5th – Feb. 16th


Feb. 19th – March 2nd

Western Region

Feb. 12th – Feb. 23rd

Members are encouraged to review your roles in the HCS before the drill to ensure that the key roles are populated and accurate. Providers are strongly encouraged to participate in a webinar to learn what will be expected and how to successfully participate in the drill. Again, the webinars and drill are not for New York City providers; they will be offered city-specific exercises.

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