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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.

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Wildfire Smoke Guidance
California Department of Public Health

August 19, 2022: California Department of Public Health (CDPHi) released a new guidance document on wildfire as an update to previous guidance released in 2019. 

The guidance provides essential information to those involved in planning for and responding to California’s wildfire smoke events. While the primary focus is Public Health, it incorporates important information from related disciplines, including environmental air quality regulation, to better prepare Public Health Officials for this increasing threat.

Although Public Health Officials are the primary audience, this information may be useful to hospitals and healthcare systems as they plan for the impacts of wildfire smoke episodes.

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Access and Functional Needs: Hospital Disaster Guidebook
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

This guidebook and tool was funded through a grant from the California Community Foundation and is presented as a free reference tool to help Hospital Emergency Managers prepare, plan and conduct exercises and training with local AFN communities. This tool was developed for, and is intended for use by, emergency management professionals in the healthcare industry.

All agency and organization websites selected for inclusion in the ‘Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Hospital Disaster Guidebook’ and any and all designations of ‘best practice’ have been made under the direction of Steven Storbakken, Director of Emergency Preparedness & Environmental Safety, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). Mr. Storbakken used his extensive experience and expertise in hospital disaster management to compile the listings in this tool.

To the fullest extent permitted by law, PVHMC will not incur any liability, including without limitation, liability for damages, arising from the content. All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by the law are excluded.

While the information contained in this tool will be periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in these websites is correct, complete, and up-to-date. Although the ‘Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Hospital Disaster Guidebook’ and the website upon which it is posted may include links providing direct access to other Internet resources, PVHMC is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in these sites.

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Health Industry Cybersecurity: Cyber Incident Checklist
Healthcare & Public Health Sector Coordinating Councils

This Operational Continuity-Cyber Incident (OCCI) checklist provides a flexible template for operational staff and executive management to respond to and recover from an extended enterprise outage due to a serious cyber attack. 

The checklist’s suggested operational structures and tasks can be modified or refined according to an organization’s size, resources, complexity and capabilities. 

The checklist represents the best collective thinking of private-sector cybersecurity and emergency management executives of the HSCC Incident Response/Business Continuity (IRBC) Task Group of the Health Sector Coordinating Council’s Cybersecurity Working Group (CWG). It is not associated in any way with any regulatory compliance program. 

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Protecting Sensitive and Personal Information from Ransomware-Caused Data Breaches
Resource from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Ransomware is a serious and increasing threat to all government and private sector organizations, including critical infrastructure  organizations. 

All organizations are at risk of falling victim to a ransomware incident and are responsible for protecting sensitive and personal data stored on their systems.

This fact sheet provides information for all government and private sector organizations, including critical infrastructure organizations, on preventing and responding to ransomware-caused data breaches. CISA encourages organizations to adopt a heightened state of awareness and implement the recommendations on this linked resource:

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Updated HVA Tool (Kaiser Permanente)
February 2021

Kaiser Permanente has developed a revised Hazard Vulnerability Analysis tool and instruction sheet. Available as a planning resource only; if sharing publicly please credit Kaiser Permanente. This tool is not meant for commercial use.