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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Seasonal Influenza A (H3N2)
2017-18 Flu Outbreak

Seasonal influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person. Seasonal influenza viruses circulate worldwide and can affect people in any age group. … Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illness and death in high risk populations.

Resources & Information

CDC Health Advisory on Seasonal Influenza A (H3N2)


Governor Brown expands Executive Order to include flooding and mudslides
Executive Order B-46-18

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued an executive order to further assist recovery efforts in Southern California related to the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides. The order helps ensure there’s the staffing and resources needed to continue to respond to the ongoing disaster and expedite debris removal.


Stop the Bleed: Battlefield Lessons to a National Campaign

National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health [Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences]. 12/14/2017
This 57-minute webinar provides an overview of the Stop the Bleed campaign’s potential impact on mass casualty events, and how combat casualty care science served as the foundation for Stop the Bleed’s creation. It discusses blast injuries, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and Stop the Bleed’s current and next steps.

Video: Webinar


Southern California Fires
December 2017

Stories & Articles

California hospital survives a night amid wildfires Becker’s Hospital Review December 8, 2017

California behavioral health hospital burns down as wildfires spread Becker’s Hospital Review December 6, 2017



Hospitals Participated in the annual Statewide Medical Health Exercise last week

How ready is your facility to handle a Paris-style, multi-venue, terrorist attack?  This year’s annual Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (SWMHE) did just that.  With attacks coming from every angle, hospitals tested the organization’s readiness, plans, policies and procedures internally, and with local, regional and state partners.