After Illinois experienced an earthquake today, it is important to know what nursing homes should do in the event of an earthquake to ensure resident safety and prevent nursing home injuries. The Central United States Earthquake Consortium has a useful publication on nursing homes and earthquakes. Luckily, nursing homes tend to have fewer structural obstacles than hospitals. However, it is not unlikely that a nursing home in Illinois has not prepared an earthquake plan. Nursing homes should be sure to secure nonstructural items like bookshelves, pianos, and large room dividers that could shift during an earthquake and cause nursing home resident injuries.
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