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


Funding Opportunity

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) recently released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the Partnership for Disaster Health Response Cooperative Agreement

This is a funding opportunity with a focus on how to prepare for a surge on a clinical level through the creation and development of a Regional Disaster Health Response System (RDHRS).

Key Dates

Pre-Application Conference Call​: June 22, 2018: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Dial In Number: 800-857-5236.  Passcode 2894826 

Letter of intent due: July 5, 2018: 11:59 PM ET

Technical Assistance Call: July 10, 2018: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Full application due: August 15, 2018

Anticipated start date: September 30, 2018

Read the Funding Opportunity Announcement and Grant Application Instructions for full details.


2018 Disaster Planning Conference
Registration Now Open

September 24 – 26, 2018
Sacramento, CA

CHA’s Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference is the largest statewide conference developed by and for California hospitals. Mark your calendars for this annual event where you will bolster your emergency preparedness knowledge and learn about innovative programs, tools and lessons learned from across the industry.

Register Now
September 24 – 26, 2018
Sacramento, CA


Unprecedented. Record-breaking. Historic. From hurricanes and wildfires to floods and mass shootings, the nation saw no shortage of disasters in 2017. But with every disaster we confront, more knowledge is gained and wisdom gathered. And we carry those experiences forward into the future, strengthening our planning and fortifying our readiness.

Join us for the largest statewide gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California and learn how others’ experiences can help you prepare for what’s ahead.

Conference highlights include:

  • Lessons from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season
  • Cyberattack — how one hospital survived a ransomware attack
  • Mass casualty incident planning and no-notice drills
  • 2017 California Wildfires: Rising From the Ashes (a pre-conference workshop)
  • Bridging the gap between the FBI and medical community
  • CMS emergency preparedness rule — proven practices for forging collaborations between emergency management and compliance
  • Preparing for and executing a hospital evacuation
  • Physical, emotional and psychological impact of crisis preparedness and response
  • Planning and developing disaster exercises — pitfalls and recommendations
  • 15 ‘til 50 mass casualty incident response program
  • Rural readiness and the importance of MOUs
  • Preparing for pediatric Black Swan events
  • 2018 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise
  • Best Practices Poster Showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring more than 50 vendors
  • Learning from your peers, experts and more!

Statewide Medical Health Exercise
2018 - Emerging Infectious Disease

This year the 2018 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (SWMHE) will take place during the third week of November. 

The SWMHE Program consists of objective driven exercise templates and generic exercise templates to assist jurisdictions, organizations and facilities participate in the yearly exercise. The program utilizes the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and aligns with Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP)/Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant requirements.

The SWMHE Website has background information, exercise templates, references, resources, and more.


Introduction to Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

Learn more about Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) in a one-hour webinar (link to watch under “call materials”) from the CDC. The webinar will help emergency responders and health professional communicate more effectively during emergencies.


Highly Infectious Disease Resources
VHF/Ebola & More Updated

ASPR TRACIE has updated their resource pages on VHF/Ebola. Also updated and available is their Highly Infectious Disease Resource Page links, including a webinar series and EMS Infectious Disease Playbook.


Illnesses on the Rise
From mosquito, flea, and tick bites

The CDC warns there is an increasing threat with limited capacity to respond. To learn more about how to protect yourself, read the full background and information on the CDC Vital Signs Web page.