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Residential Health Care Facilities

The Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Review Program was introduced as a result of state legislation requiring certain health care facilities to prepare and annually update a comprehensive emergency management plan (CEMP). The CEMP serves facilities to be adequately prepared to handle internal/external emergencies within their facilities and ensure the safety and well-being of their residents.

State law requires that the CEMPs be reviewed and approved by the local Office of Emergency Management (OEM). 

Facility administrators for residential health care facilities located in Miami-Dade County must submit their Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for review and approval on an annual basis. Guidance and/or training on plan development can be provided to new administrators requesting information on plan development.

  • Training

    OEM provides in-service training at the Emergency Operations Center for facility administrators of assisted living facilities or other residential health care facilities on CEMP requirements. This includes a review of RHCF plans and guidance on plan development and requirements.

    Individuals who call and request training on plan preparation will be advised of the next training date and placed on a registration list.

    The trainings are usually conducted on a bimonthly basis and will focus on preparing a comprehensive emergency management plan, a fire safety plan, and conducting appropriate exercises.

    The courses will only be offered in English and are free of charge to the participant. Only two individuals per facility will be permitted, unless additional space available.

  • Florida Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Generator Rule

    Florida's Governor's Office ordered two administrative emergency rules to be implemented by the Agency on Health Care Administration Action outing emergency power plans for nursing homes and procedures regarding emergency environmental control for assisted living facilities.

    • Emergency Power Plan
    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • Final Ratified 58A
    • Final Ratified 59A
  • Petitions for Variance or Waiver of an Agency Rule

    Nursing homes and assisted living facilities affected by the rule may file a petition for a waiver or variance under Section 120.542 of the Florida Statutes.

    Requests should demonstrate efforts to comply with the rule, describe why a waiver or variance is requested, and specify the section of the rule from which relief is requested.

    Petitions for variance or waiver must be filed with the Agency Clerk's Office.

    Nursing homes must file their petition for variance or waiver with the Agency Clerk for the Agency for Health Care Administration.

    Assisted living facilities must file their petition for variance or waiver with the Agency Clerk for the Department of Elder Affairs.

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Phone Number(s)

  • Emergency Management Coordinator
    305-468-5419305-468-5419
  • Agency Clerk, Agency for Health Care Administration
    850-412-3671850-412-3671
  • Agency Clerk, Department of Elder Affairs
    850-414-2342850-414-2342
Emergency Management
Frank K. Rollason, Director

R. David Paulison Fire Rescue Headquarters
9300 NW 41st Street, Miami, FL 33178-2414
305-468-5400305-468-5400

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