Facility leaders and community emergency personnel take part in a roundtable discussion following the drill.

On Oct. 19, 2017, Life Care Center of Hendersonville, North Carolina, partnered with the Henderson County Emergency Management department and the Hendersonville Fire Department to complete an emergency drill.


The drill is required yearly by regulations (once per year for an evacuation drill and once per year for a tabletop discussion with county emergency management). This year’s drill involved a scenario of an active tornado in which residents and staff would shelter in place.


Associates secured all emergency supplies and evacuation sites, emergency transport, associate call-in lists, medical records and medication carts.


“The management team of Life Care Center of Hendersonville takes very seriously the responsibility we have to ensure the safety of our residents and staff,” said Thomas Hager, executive director. “I want to thank Director Jimmie Brissie and his emergency management staff for participating in our recent drill. Their input during the tabletop discussion following the drill was most helpful in helping us improve on our readiness to handle an actual emergency.”


During the discussion, the staff discussed plans of action for other emergency scenarios that might require an evacuation.


Emergency preparedness is critical for the community,” said Jimmy Brissie, Henderson County Emergency Services director. “We encourage all individuals and businesses to have plans in place in order to be prepared when a disaster may impact our community. Our long-term care facilities meet a vital need in Henderson County. Life Care Center has a comprehensive plan for emergencies, and we appreciate their willingness to exercise the plan to ensure the best level of safety and security for their residents and staff. We encourage everyone to visit readync.org for more information and tips for preparedness.”