Emergency Preparedness & Response

Notifying HHSC of an Emergency or Disaster

When a licensed acute health care facility experiences an emergency or disaster resulting in an emergency closure or changes in daily operations and services provided, the facility must complete and submit Form 3215, Emergency/Disaster Notification.

During the emergency or disaster, a facility must first ensure the safety of the facility's patients or clients, and then complete Form 3215 as soon as possible to notify HHSC of any resulting changes in the facility’s operation.

Reopening a Facility After an Emergency or Disaster

Following a facility closure due to an emergency or disaster, a facility must notify HHSC when it plans to re-open, including full and partial re-openings. Upon re-opening, the facility must immediately email HHSC at healthfacilitylicensing@hhs.texas.gov and provide the facility's name, license number, address, and re-opening date.

Requesting an Emergency Rule Exception for an End Stage Renal Disease Facility

An ESRD may also request an emergency rule exemption when facing an emergency or disaster. An ESRD facility requesting an emergency exemption to the ESRD licensing requirements must also complete and submit Form 1011, ESRD Facility Emergency Rule Exception Request. Please note, Form 3215 is not a substitute for Form 1011.