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Breakout Session: EM Preparedness Education Program for SC Nursing Homes

March 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The University of Georgia’s Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) has received a three-year grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Civil Money Penalty funds to increase the preparedness efforts of certified long-term care facilities across South Carolina from 2021-2024. Since CMS Appendix Z was released in 2016, nursing homes have been required to build and maintain a comprehensive emergency preparedness program with four components: Emergency Plan, Policies & Procedures, Communication Plan, and Training & Testing Program. While the guidance has been issued for years, resources and support on how to meet these requirements have been inconsistent and lacking overall. This educational program emphasizes community partnerships throughout all steps of the emergency management cycle and teaches participants not only how to meet the requirement, but to build an effective emergency preparedness program at the facility-level. Join us as we discuss the program’s courses, resources, educational videos, newsletters, and more.

Alyssa Ragan

Emergency Preparedness Manager

Mrs. Ragan is the Emergency Preparedness Manager at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Institute for Disaster Management. She holds her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Georgia. She holds numerous certifications from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Disaster Life Support Foundation (NDLSF), and amateur radio.

Alyssa enjoys renovation projects with her husband including a 1976 Airstream camper. She enjoys taking it camping with her husband and their dog.


Curt Harris

Director of IDM, Associate Professor

Dr. Curt Harris is the Director of IDM, an Associate Professor, and Graduate Program Coordinator. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Georgia College and State University and his doctorate in toxicology from UGA. He has held numerous faculty and staff positions at UGA over the last decade prior to being named Director.

Dr. Harris has over 28 publications, and one of his most recent papers discussed triage discrimination in COVID-19 treatment for patients with intellectual disabilities in emergency departments.

In his free time, he enjoys coaching his sons’ sports teams and spending time with family.


March 1
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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