Emergency Planning is a critical component of every facility’s mission to provide a safe
environment for its residents, staff, patrons and visitors. The key to successful emergency
response lies in the details of preparedness. Generic (one-size fits all) guidelines for emergency
response are insufficient. Our safety in an emergency depends on the careful, detailed planning
and training that goes on well before an emergency occurs and that is specific to each facility.
Details overlooked during the planning process may result in increased loss of life and property
or, at least, in considerable inconvenience as in this example of a Texas nursing home....