CARTHAGE, MO - As the government cracks down on nursing home emergency preparedness guidelines, local facilities have made changes to comply.
One important mandate is that each facility has one gallon of water, per person, per day for up to three days in the event of an emergency.
In addition to having a stockpile of extra food and water, St.Luke's nursing center in carthage has also backed up their patients medical records and vital information at an off site location. Nursing home administrators say they hold fire drills for residents to practice evacuation plans.
"We have 12 per year in the assisted living, explained Sue Joselyn, Administrator of St.Luke's Nursing Center. "They actually have to evacuate the facility once per year to prove they can negotiate a path to safety with minimal assistance," she added.
St.Luke's also works with the Carthage fire and police departments, to ensure their plans meet local safety regulations.