Care homes association draws up evacuation plans to meet terrist threat

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Emergency plans to evacuate elderly people in care homes across the Black Country are being drawn up as part of a terrorist attack response. The move by Quinton-based West Midlands Care Association (WMCA), which represents hundreds of care service operators across the region, said the strategy was in its early stages and presented massive logistical challenges involving nearly 4,000 residents. The association, covering more than 200 private sector care homes in the boroughs of Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Birmingham, aims to have the project complete by October. WMCA is already part of Dudley and Sandwell social services1 emergency plans, but wants to provide a more efficient back-up. An internet bed-places database run by the association is at the centre of the strategy and staff are working with home owners, social workers and emergency services to examine evacuation options. Marketing and resources manager Debbie LeQuesne said past evacuation crises had been dealt with without a centralised

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