Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness Resources

Nursing Home Survey Tag Specific Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Checklist to cross reference facility emergency preparedness plan with CMS survey requirements to ensure all elements are addressed in facility emergency preparedness plan. There is also a companion document that provides links to resources for emergency preparedness plan development.

Tag Specific Emergency Preparedness Resources

Companion document to Nursing Home Tag Specific Emergency Preparedness Checklist.

Transfer Tracking Form and Guide

The Transfer Tracking Form was developed to provide facilities with a tool to track both their acute care and emergency department transfers over time. It maintains an active list of all transfers and any related aspects of each transfer in real time. (See instructions below on how to download the tracking form resources.)

Complete this form to receive a link to download a zipped folder of the Transfer Tracking Resources to include the Excel tracking form as well as a PDF instructional guide that explains the use of the tool:

For questions on the Transfer Tracking Form and Guide, please contact Dave Johnson ( or

Documenting Expressions

Documentation in health care is an important communication tool for the health care team as they care for residents/patients. It is important to have medical documentation of individuals’ expressions/ behaviors and the events that precipitated the expressions/behaviors. Without documentation, there is no evidence of what occurred or how to mitigate expressions/behaviors in the future. Included is Tips for Use to help your team get the most out of the “Documentation of Expressions (Behaviors)” resource, which provides examples of both best practices and poor practices for documentation of expressions. The one-page “Documentation of Expressions” resource paired with pre- and post-tests will provide nurses with a solid foundation for clearly communicating what occurred and the steps that were taken by staff to de-escalate the expression or behavior.