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Healthcare Facility CEMP Reviews

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In 1995, House Bill 911 was signed into legislation which requires all health care facilities to have a comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP). The CEMP must be developed by each facility and then submitted to the the local emergency management office for review against the specific state criteria. The purpose of this bill is to reinforce the concept that your health care facilities, as part of doing business, are responsible for your residents. This responsibility is not just during normal business operations, but also during emergency situations. Preparing your health care facility to work through emergencies in times of need will save lives and protect property. This planning will allow your health care facility the ability to continue to provide for and take responsibility for services your residents need, which they have paid for and will require during emergency situations.

Disaster plans are to be developed by each individual facility that addresses all the required criteria found in the State's criteria checklists and the appropriate requirements found in Florida Statute and the Florida Administrative Code. These disaster plans must be submitted, reviewed, and approved annually by the Okeechobee Office of Emergency Management, for compliance in addressing those criteria.

If you run a healthcare facility in Okeechobee County, you are required by Florida Statute to submit a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) to Okeechobee County Emergency Management for review annually.  Currently, the facilities that are required by Florida Statute (F.S.) and Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) to develop and submit a disaster plan to Emergency Management for review are as follows:

Criteria, Statutes & Rules:

 Criteria  Florida State Statutes  Florida Admin Code
 Adult Daycare Emergency Planning Criteria 400.562  58A-6.011 (10)
 Ambulatory Surgical Center Emergency Planning Criteria 395.1055 (1)(c) 59A-5.015
 Assisted Living Facility Emergency Planning Criteria 400.441 (1)(b) 58A-5.024(1)(j)
 Hospital Emergency Planning Criteria 395.1055 (1)(c) 59A-3.078
 Intermediate Developmentally Disabled Criteria 393.067 (9)  
 Nursing Home Emergency Planning Criteria 400.23 (2)(g) 59A-4.126
 Residential Treatment Centers Criteria 252 65E-9

      Required Forms:

      Any changes in the criteria, reporting processes, or any additional criteria requirements will be at the discretion of the State Agencies and Florida Legislature. The interpretations of what meets the required criteria found in the disaster plans will be at the discretion of the local emergency management office.

      Okeechobee County Emergency Management does not have an electronic emergency plan review process, and so the healthcare facility plans listed above should be remitted either in person in a tabbed binder or in a single document email to:

      Healthcare CEMP Review Contact Information:

      Amy R. Howard, FPEM
      Emergency Management Planner

      Okeechobee County Emergency Management
      707 NW 6th Street
      Okeechobee, FL 34972
      Phone: (863)763-3212
      Fax: (863)763-4565

      Plan Review Fee: TBD

       preparation is key

      Additional Information:

      The local health department is the reviewing agency for non-facilities (i.e. home health agencies, home medical equipment providers, hospice, and nurse registries). The Okeechobee County Emergency Management office has no authority for these plan reviews. The Florida Department of Health has implemented a new process of the review of these plans as described below.

      The plans for all non-facilities will submit their plans to the DOH Bureau of Preparedness and Response (BPR) using the following link: FDOH BPR Plan Submittal

      For providers unable to make an electronic submission, CEMP's can be mailed to:

      ATTN: CEMP Reviewer
      Florida Department of Health
      Bureau of Preparedness & Response
      4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin A-23
      Tallahassee, FL 32399

      For questions, please contact: by email or call (844) 234-9307

      Disaster plan submissions from these medical providers should be coordinated with the local health department office at:

      Florida Department of Health - Okeechobee
      ATTN: CEMP Plan Review
      1728 NW 9th Avenue
      Okeechobee, FL 34972