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


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


FEMA Announces Toolkit on Implementation of Community Lifelines

FEMA is releasing a new community lifelines toolkit to assist emergency managers in identifying their critical needs and resources during disaster response. To download a copy of the toolkit visit https://www.fema.gov/plan.


Executive Actions to Strengthen California’s Emergency Preparedness and Response

On his first day in office Governor Newsom announced disaster preparedness and recovery as a priority in the wake of another catastrophic fire season. Executive Order N-05-19 guides state agencies to add a socioeconomic angle to risk management. Additionally, Executive Order N-04-19 revamps the way the state contracts for technology systems.