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.
Recently central rural California was given a rough reminder that we live in earthquake territory. Each year the Earthquake Country Alliance hosts The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, this year on October 17. Hospitals and individuals are encouraged to register and participate in this years’ drill.
FEMA’s National Integration Center has developed and released a Senior Leader Toolkit, a resource that both emergency management and senior leaders can use to discuss roles and responsibilities during incidents.
The toolkit is available on the FEMA website and includes an Elected Officials/Senior Executives Quick Reference Guide, a Department Head Quick Reference Guide, and a NIMS Senior Leader Briefing Template.
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.