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


Coronavirus Response
California Hospital Association (CHA)

On June 8, 2021 CHA distributed its final edition of CHA’s Coronavirus Response. CHA will provide regular updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic through its twice-weekly newsletter, CHA News. Staff at member hospitals who don’t currently receive CHA News may subscribe on the CHA website

June 8


2021 Disaster Planning Virtual Conference

COVID-19 brought about unforeseen challenges and solutions, forever changing the face of emergency readiness. With gritty determination and endless perseverance, you demonstrated day in and day out how valuable you are to keeping our communities safe and healthy.

In 2020, emergency services professionals, community partners and health care leaders learned from each other like never before. You took new paths to find solutions, created new protocols, found light at the end of a long tunnel – moving beyond the pandemic.

Join us at this year’s Disaster Planning Conference as we share lessons from 2020 and apply them to the challenges facing 2021.


Reminder: No-Cost PPE Available from the State
Requests must be made by June 15

As a reminder, please be aware that hospitals may request a one-time, 30-day supply of PPE from the state’s inventory. This 30-day supply is free and may be used for legislatively required stockpiles or in daily operations, but must be requested before the program ends June 15.

The types of PPE available are:


FEMA Releases “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery”

To address the challenges of managing disaster response and recovery efforts as our nation enters the second year of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, FEMA is releasing the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance: All-Hazards Incident Response and Recovery to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from COVID-19.


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.


CMS Crosswalk
Updated Feb 17, 2021

This crosswalk provides a view of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for hospitals in comparison with The Joint Commission (TJC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Title 22, and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) requirements.

Download CMS Crosswalk