Is Your Hospital Prepared?

California hospitals are a critical element within the disaster medical response system and work collaboratively with local government, other health care providers and other agencies to plan, prepare for and respond to the needs of victims of natural or man-made disasters, bioterrorism, and other public health emergencies. Hospital emergency preparedness is a priority for government at all levels, as well as a key focus of regulatory and accrediting agencies.

What's New


Fourth Generation Chemical Agents – New Guidance and Information
US Dept of Health & Human Services

The resources linked below were developed by a federal interagency working group to address fourth generation agents, know as Novichoke or A-series nerve agents.

Fourth Generation Agents – background information and documents

Safety Awareness for First On-Scene Responders Bulletin


Governor Releases Report on California’s Catastrophic Wildfires, Climate Change and our Energy Future
Wildfires and Climate Change: California's Energy Future

The findings from Governor Newsom’s strike force has been compiled into the report Wildfires and Climate Change: California’s Energy Future. The report has recommended changes to strengthen wildfire prevention and response. The strike force will continue to work this issue and take action on the the report ideas.


Call for Presentations & Best Practices Posters
2019 Disaster Planning Conference

CHA is now accepting submissions for presentations and best practices posters for the 2019 CHA Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference. The conference is a unique opportunity for your organization to showcase and share its emergency preparedness knowledge and expertise with a cross-section of peers. Submissions must be received by April 30.



2019 Disaster Planning Conference – The New Norm: Adjusting our Strategies
September 10-11, 2019

Wildfires. Mudslides. Floods. Mass shootings. These once rare or infrequent events have become regular occurrences, and no two disasters are ever the same. Now more than ever, hospitals must reevaluate our procedures and redefine preparation. 

From communication to compliance, it is time to rethink our strategies and prepare for the new normal.


Violence Prevention – Homicide and Suicide Deaths in California
Data Brief by California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPHi) has designated violence as a departmental priority and thus developed the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) along with Preventing Violence in California Data Brief 1: Overview of Homicide and Suicide Deaths in California. CDPH is committed to reducing violence and creating safer, healthier communities across California.


The Exchange 2019: Volume 1, Issue 8

This issue of The Exchange highlights lessons learned, trends, and future initiatives shared by support service staff (e.g., nutritional, pharmaceutical, and blood supply fields) in response to mass casualty incidents.

The Exchange 2019: Volume 1, Issue 8