2021 Hurricane Season Emergency Preparedness with COVID-19

May 18, 2021

Long-term care providers in Texas are reminded to review their emergency preparedness and response plans, and make updates if necessary, before the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30, 2021.

Providers should factor in COVID-19 contingencies when reviewing their preparedness plans. For example, as applicable:

  • Are your receiving facilities and transportation contracts still viable?
  • If your provider type is allowed to evacuate to a hotel, and that is in your plan, are hotels open in your destination?
  • How will you maintain infection control measures during evacuation sheltering-in-place?
  • If you have COVID-19 positive persons in your facility, how will that affect evacuation or sheltering-in-place?
  • How will you ensure PPE is available in addition to food and medicine?

Providers affected by an adverse event such as severe weather, or expects it will need to temporarily exceed capacity due to a disaster, should contact their Health and Human Services Commission Long-term Care Regulatory regional office or Waiver Survey and Certification (for waiver program providers).

Please refer to Provider Letter 2018-19 Emergency Preparedness Reminder (PDF) as applicable and to your program’s rules for additional important information regarding emergency preparedness.