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Hurricane Irma

As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.

Residential Healthcare Facility Requirements

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). For specific information on state requirements, review the Florida statutes online.

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.

Services provided

  • In-service training for facility administrators of assisted living facilities (ALFs) or other residential health care facilities on CEMP requirements
  • Review of residential health care facilities (RHCF) plans
  • Guidance regarding plan development or requirements

The next in-service orientations to develop the Comprehensive Emergency Plan (CEMP) will be on

  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - 10 a.m. - noon
  • Monday, January 08, 2018 - 10 a.m. - noon 

To register in any of this in-service please send an email to Roberto.cepeda@miamidade.gov

Training Location

Miami-Dade Emergency Management 
9300 N.W. 41st Street
Doral, Florida 33178  
305-468-5419

Training Registration

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 bi-monthly 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.

For additional information, contact the program coordinator, Roberto Cepeda, at 305-468-5419 or roberto.cepeda@miamidade.gov

Florida Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Generator Rule

Governor Rick Scott 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.

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, 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.

The procedures for filing a variance or waiver can be found at section 120.542, Florida Statutes and rule 28-104, Florida Administrative Code.

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 (“Agency”). Assisted living facilities must file their Petition for variance or waiver with the Department of Elder Affairs (“Department”). The contact information for the Agency Clerks is as follows:

For Nursing Homes: Richard J. Shoop, Agency Clerk Agency for Health Care Administration 2727 Mahan Drive, MS #3 Tallahassee, Florida 32308 (850) 412-3671 (Tel.) (850) 921-0158 (Fax) Richard.Shoop@ahca.myflorida.com

For Assisted Living Facilities: Francis Carbone, Agency Clerk Department of Elder Affairs 4040 Esplanade Way, Ste. 315 Tallahassee, FL 32399-7000 (850) 414-2342 (Tel.) (850) 414-2126 (Fax) Carbonef@elderaffairs.org

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