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.
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.
CHA is now accepting submissions for presentations for the 2021
CHA Disaster Preparedness Virtual Conference. The conference
is a unique opportunity for your organization to
showcase and share its emergency preparedness knowledge and
expertise with a cross-section of peers.
Submissions must be received by May 21.
The virtual conference is expected to draw more than 700 hospital
emergency preparedness coordinators, hospital
administrators, CNOs, EMS personnel and public health officials.
The event will take place virtually on September 14 & 15.
Presenters who wish to be considered for both general and
breakout sessions should submit an abstract for review. Suggested
topics include, but are not limited to:
COVID-19 best practices/lessons learned
Business continuity/recovery planning
Disaster planning for small/rural hospitals
Radiological/nuclear contamination planning and response
CMS emergency preparedness requirements — lessons learned
from our survey
Health care lessons learned
Situation reporting/information sharing in a disaster
Patient reunification and repatriation
Lessons learned from supply and pharmaceutical shortages
Financial and operational lessons learned post-disaster
Critical incident stress management and staff recovery
California climate change
For more information or to submit your presentation
abstract, email the CHA Education Department at
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.