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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Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Support Communities Recovering from Wildfires
Dec 23, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to further assist communities across the state recovering from devastating wildfires dating back to 2017. The order extends the state’s prohibition on price gouging for Butte, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Ventura counties.


Governor Launches Resource Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoffs
October 28, 2019

A new state website has been launched as a resource for Californians impacted by wildfires and utility power shutoffs. RESPONSE.CA.GOV is a portal to local and state services, including information on shelters, housing, transportation, health and emergency preparedness.


2019 Disaster Conference
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2019 Disaster Conference

Recognizing the importance of learning from recent disasters and from one another, more than 700 hospital and disaster response officials from across California gathered in Pasadena this week at CHA’s annual Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference.


Governor Newsom Signs Bills to Enhance Wildfire Mitigation, Preparedness and Response Efforts
October 2, 2019

Governor Newsom signed 22 bills today that will direct resources toward wildfire relief, prevention, and preparedness. Read full press release.


Governor invests nearly $1 billion in emergency preparedness response and recovery
Executive Order N-16-19

Seasonal firefighters, new fire engines, and a state of emergency declaration to expedite forest management projects are just three of the highlights in this executive order. Full text below:


July 31, 2019

WHEREAS California experienced the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in its history in 2017 and 2018, devastating areas throughout California; and


FEMA Releases the Senior Leaders Toolkit for Incident Response

FEMA’s National Integration Center has developed and released a Senior Leader Toolkit, a resource that both emergency management and senior leaders can use to discuss roles and responsibilities during incidents. 

The toolkit is available on the FEMA website and includes an Elected Officials/Senior Executives Quick Reference Guide, a Department Head Quick Reference Guide, and a NIMS Senior Leader Briefing Template.