1. How to partner with local, operational or regional response entities to better prepare for an emergency or disaster

2. Comparison chart on federal and state regulatory requirements for skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly and other settings/levels of care

3. Chart to show the State Emergency Management System [SEMS] framework

4. All-Facilities Letter 17-06 - Reporting Emergency or Disaster-Related Occurrences

5. Information on the Statewide Exercise Medical and Health to be held during the third week of November. This link contains resources and templates that can be scaled to your own community. 

6. Information on the "theme" of the year's exercise and the Mutual Aid Region with the primary focus

7. Advanced copy of the CMS Interpretive Guidelines for Emergency Preparedness*

* We highly recommend that your community lead for emergency preparedness/disaster response be familiar with these interpretive guidelines [IGs]. The IGs provide information on how CMS interprets the requirements, and how surveyor confirm compliance or identify deficiencies.

Please contact Brenda Klutz if you have any questions or seek additional information: or (916) 469-3377.

A Note From the Editor

Welcome to our Summer 2018 issue! We landed on the theme of Emergency and Disaster Preparedness earlier this year after discussing how members in Napa and Southern California were recovering int he wake of the fires and mudslides of 2017. Lessons learned and new insights gained after last year's events is a common thread running through this issue, and we hope the resources and stories shared within these pages will be of value to you. 

Download the PDF or click on the image to read the digital version.

As always, we welcome your feedback and editorial suggestions. Please send them directly to me at

Eric Dowdy



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