National Preparedness Month is intended to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time and engaging providers, community-based organization and community residents to create a plan.
According to the Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers (initially published 09/1/16 and revised 04/16/21), all 17 providers/suppliers types must have an Emergency Preparedness Plan as part of their Conditions of Participation. Additionally, many states require other groups (such as community based organizations) to have their own plan or adopt the county level plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of all organizations having a plan that addresses 4 core elements:
  1. Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning
  2. Communication Plan
  3. Policies and Procedures
  4. Training and Testing
Learn More: Access additional information regarding CMS requirements and Emergency Preparedness tools and resources.

Request: Please complete this questionnaire to let us know if you have a plan or would like more education on this important topic.