Free Seminar on Emergency Preparedness, Designed for Frontline Staff 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

NAHCA is excited to announce the launch of a new seminar focused on emergency preparedness!

Created in partnership with the Arizona Health Care Association, All Hands on Deck: A Frontline Focus on Emergency Preparedness in Long Term Care is a three-hour event that examines the following components of essential emergency preparedness: 

  • Nursing Home Incident Command System
  • The Steps of Emergency Management
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Shelter in Place vs. Evacuation
  • Survey Compliance; and
  • Much More!

The COVID-19 pandemic made evident the essential role of frontline staff in a disaster scenario. The critical role that this incredible Careforce played in implementing emergency operations plans during the pandemic contributed significantly to the safety and well-being of all long term care residents.

It also became clear during the pandemic that many CNAs had not received any formal emergency preparedness training. With that in mind, this seminar was designed specifically for frontline staff. The training program is still in the “pilot” phase of implementation, and we truly value your insight and feedback as we move to create a final version.

Please join us for this exciting educational event and receive a certificate of completion for these training hours! Register here.

Date: June 23, 2022

Time: 11am – 2pm PT; 12n – 3pm MT; 1pm – 4pm CT; 2pm – 5pm ET


Lori Porter, LNHA, CNA, is co-founder & CEO of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA). Having started her career in long term care 40 years ago, where she began as a dietary aide, moved on to be a CNA trainer for seven years, a nursing home administrator for nearly seven years, and then operations director of 10 skilled nursing facilities in the Midwest. In 1995, she followed her dream and created the NAHCA to honor and recognize the CNA Careforce through professional development, advocacy, and empowerment. Lori and her staff have grown NAHCA to a membership of more than 30,000 members nationwide and a partnership with more than 800 nursing facilities across the country. Lori is a nationally sought-after speaker and author of her book, Everything I learned in Life I learned in Long Term Care.

Lisa Sweet, RN, is co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and program instructor for the National Institute of CNA Excellence. She has worked in long-term care for more than 30 years, as a nursing assistant, unit nurse, and director of nursing. As co-founder of NAHCA, Lisa has served as the organization’s clinical director and host of the long-running NAHCA YouTube show “CNA Heroes.” She has dedicated her life to improving the care of nursing home elders and advancing the CNA profession.

Stan Szpytek is president of Fire and Life Safety, Inc., a consulting firm that provides life safety, loss control, risk management and emergency preparedness programs to providers of all types, with special focus on healthcare facilities and senior services. Stan is the life safety/disaster planning consultant for the Arizona Health Care Association. He served as deputy fire chief and fire marshal with a Chicago-area fire department for 2 years. Stan retired honorably in 2003. He is also the Life Safety Consultant for the California Association of Health Facilities and works with many other long-term care providers and associations across the country. Stan provides emergency management leadership as a consultant to the Disaster Ready EPIC Program.

Gil Damiani is a retired assistant fire chief from the City of Mesa, Ariz., where he spent more than 30 years serving in multiple capacities, including the fire department’s public information officer, assistant chief of operations, assistant chief of training and emergency medical services, as well as the last five years of his career as the emergency management coordinator. Gil has been working with the Arizona Health Care Association since December of 2016 as a Disaster Ready consultant. He is currently a state-certified adjunct instructor for the Arizona Department of Emergency Management, teaching courses on the Incident Command System across the state. As a consultant to the Disaster Ready EPIC program, Gil provides leadership and technical assistance in emergency preparedness.