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


CAHAN All Facilities Notification for Severe Weather
AFL 18-25

The California Department of Health has shared the Hot Summer Weather Advisory to remind health care facilities to implement precautionary measures to protect patients in the heat, have a contingency plan in place, and report extreme conditions. Also included is a list of tips to stay cool during the hot days of summer.


Wildland fire Information, Warnings and Alerts

The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal FIRE) serves and safeguards the people and protects the property and resources of California. The Cal Fire Website offers tips and information on hot topics, incident information, and social media links to keep you informed on the go.


Highly Infectious Disease Training Week
August 27-31, 2018

The Highly Infectious Disease Training Week is hosted by FEMA in Anniston, AL and is targeted to personnel in healthcare response and environmental health roles. Those attending will enhance their emergency response skills. Find more information on the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness Web page.


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.


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.