September 26, 2012_AFH "Dear Provider" Letters

September 26, 2012

ADSA:  AFH #2012-017
Emergency Preparedness

Dear Adult Family Home Provider 

Recently released reports indicate that long-term care providers are not ready to protect the frail, vulnerable residents under their care.  You have continuing obligations to plan for and meet resident needs in the event of a natural or human-made disaster.  This obligation may continue even if residents are evacuated to another location. 

In the event of a major disaster, Residential Care Services (RCS) will work with the Governor, Emergency Management Division (EMD) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to establish priorities for responding to a particular disaster situation.

Please review and update the emergency preparedness plan for your adult family home as needed to be as prepared as possible.  You may want to contact your local emergency management agency to assist you with your plan.

Enclosed is an Information and Resource Sheet about preparing for emergencies and disasters. This and additional information can be found on the ADSA website at under the heading Emergency Preparedness.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of Washington's adult family home residents.


Joyce Pashley Stockwell, Director
Residential Care Services