In September 2016, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a new rule pertaining to certain healthcare providers regarding emergency preparedness requirements. This new rule is known as the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. Providers have until Nov. 15, 2017 to comply with certain parts of the rule but this rule will also have an impact on local emergency coordinators and planners as well.
The CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule requires providers to take an all-hazards approach to emergency planning and to integrate and collaborate with the emergency management agencies. In order to assist localities in understanding the requirements, roles, and responsibilities, VDEM is facilitating an informational meeting for localities to provide information and answer questions on the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. The meeting will include representatives from VDH, VHHA, DMAS, and DBHDS.
The meeting is scheduled for July 17, 10-11:30 a.m. Each local coordinator should be receiving an invitation through their VDEM Regional Office early next week. The meeting will be recorded for those unable to attend. To register to attend, please use the following link: https://cmsrulemtg.eventbrite.com
In the meantime, the video below was prepared by the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance (NSPA) and provides an overview of the rule for state and local emergency management.
NSPA has also provided a page with links to multiple resources and two recorded webinars on the rule. http://www.nspa1.org/cms-resources/
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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971