New York Executive Law Section 23-B - Nursing home and assisted living facility plans.

23-b. Nursing home and assisted living facility plans. 1. After consultation with the commissioner of health, the director of the office for the aging, and the director of the state office of homeland security, the commission shall establish standards for nursing homes, adult homes, enriched housing programs and assisted living residences regarding disaster preparedness.

2. Each such facility shall be assisted in the establishment of a disaster preparedness plan. The plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a) Maintaining a supply of food, water and to the extent deemed necessary and feasible in the reasonable judgment of the operator of the facility, medication in reserve in the event that obtaining such items should become difficult or impossible.

(b) In the reasonable judgment of the facility, having access to a generator or generators sufficient to supply electrical power to the facility.

(c) Establishing an evacuation plan for residents including an alternative site suitable for temporary use.

(d) Establishing staffing plans during a disaster.

3. Such plans shall be made available to the county emergency management office.

4. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to modify or override any requirements in regulations duly promulgated by a state agency, or to limit any lawful authority of a state agency to promulgate regulations, with respect to disaster preparedness of such facilities, the contents of their disaster preparedness plans or the process for approval of those plans.

Last modified: February 3, 2019