Emergency Preparedness 

COVID-19 Health & Safety

The Coronavirus Pandemic has challenged Assisted Living providers in many ways. New York’s' Adult Care and Assisted Living Providers and staff are doing everything possible, with the resources that are available, to slow the spread of the virus in our residences. Providers are adhering to all guidance as directed by the New York State Department of Health and the CDC.  ESAAL is committed to do everything we can to support their heroic and dedicated efforts on behalf of the more than 50,000 seniors we serve in New York. 

COVID-19 Infection Control for ACF's:

CDC - Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control FAQs for COVID-19

CDC - Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19

NYS DOH Infection Control Checklist, 4/17/20

NYS DOH - COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance for Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities, Web Training 3/26/20

COVID-19 Testing for ACF's:

Statement from NYS Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker on Successful Nursing Home (ACF) Testing Program 6/11/20

DAL 20-14 ACF Testing, 5/11/20

DAL for NH and ACF re Certification of EO 202.30, 5/18/20

Letter to Gov. Cuomo re EO Mandatory Testing, 5/12/20

Governor's Executive Order on Testing 202.30, 5/10/2020

DOH COVID-19 NH and ACF Staff Testing FAQ, 5/12/20

DOH COVID-19 NH and ACF Staff Testing FAQ UPDATE, 5/19/20

Other Coronavirus Resources 

Compliation of all NH and ACF Guidance on COVID-19; Source: Center for Elder Law and Justice from Feb 3 to June 17, 2020

From the New York State Department of Health:

NYS DOH COVID-19 Guidance for Home Care CHHA LHCSA Hospice 3/22/20

NYS Department of Health Coronavirus Updates

Find your local Office of Emergency Management contact

Find your local Health Department

NYSDOH Health Advisory re Equipment Shortages

From the CDC:

Considerations for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Assisted Living Facilities

CDC Resources for Healthcare Facilities 

CDC Guide to Preparing Your Community

WHO Risk Communication Package for Health Care Facilities

WHO Intro Video to Coronavirus

CDC Printable Fact Sheets for the Public

CDC Video Series, Coronavirus Prevention for Individuals

CDC Outbreak Map

eFINDS Training online  for Adult Care Facilities 

The Department of Health strongly encourages operators to utilize the web-based eFINDS training and ensure that at least three facility staff persons are knowledgeable in the use of eFINDS. 

The Learning Management System (LMS) course, called CTI-502, provides a solid foundation for registering and updating patient/resident location information during an incident or event, such as a storm, flood, non-natural incident or practice/exercise drill. The webinar takes about an hour to complete. 

Prerequisite: Participants should be assigned on HCS to either the eFINDS Data Reporter or the eFINDS Reporting Administrator prior to training, and know where your eFINDS supplies (wristbands, scanner and PDF log files) are located.

If you are interested in this training opportunity, sign up for an upcoming session. Here's how: 

1) You need to have an account with the LMS. Click the link below to access the LMS
2) Either log-in or create a new account
3) Once logged in, find the Course Catalog and search for the course called CTI-502
4) When loaded, click on eFINDS version 3.0 and enroll in any of the class dates that you wish to take. 

More Info on this and other trainings:
Learning Management System web address https://www.nylearnsph.com/Public/Default.aspx 

Questions Regarding LMS
Send email to [email protected]

Questions Regarding Training
Send email to the Office of Health Emergency Preparedness: [email protected]

Transportation Assistance Levels

You can find the following TALS information on the Health Commerce System (HCS):  

1. TALs Guidance Document
2. TALs slides
3. TALs Patient/Resident Critical Information Tracking Form
4. TALs icons for labels 

Sign on to NYSDOH Health Commerce System (HCS) and:
1. Click on My Content (top of page on right)
2. Click on Documents by Group
3. Click on Long Term Care
4. Click on Preparedness
5. Click on Resources
6. Click on Transportation Assistance Levels (TALs) at top of page on left side. 

Aware Prepare

This monthly electronic newsletter from the Dept of Health is a guide to upcoming trainings related to preparedness. These trainings may be provided in

Mid-June 2020

June 2020

March 2020

January 2020

New York State Websites

  Office of Emergency Management Homeland Security & Emergency Services
  Department of Health Office of Counter Terrorism
  Office of Cyber Security Office of Fire Prevention & Control

  Other Emergency Websites

American Red Cross FEMA OEM Weather

 Additional Resources

Emergency Information Handbook  Aware/Prepare


New York State law requires that assisted living centers have a written emergency preparedness plan that details the procedures that must be followed in the event of an actual or threatened emergency or disaster that interrupts normal service. If you need assistance in developing a plan for your residence, please email Lisa Newcomb.