On November 12, RPA facilitated the first disaster exercise of the 50 nursing homes in Connecticut’s Region 2. The exercise simulated the evacuation of 2 nursing homes and involved the movement of mock residents to multiple locations. A Long Term Care Coordinating Center was established at Masonicare Health Center to coordinate resident placement and tracking, as well as facilitate facility resource needs.
In 2012, Superstorm Sandy forced the evacuation of three nursing homes in CT’s Region 2. Striving to use this experience to inform future planning, they joined the CT Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP), completing the participation of all 231 licensed nursing homes in CT. This plan also includes 24 Assisted Living Communities and 11 hospitals (www.mutualaidplan.org/ct).