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


Save the Date! 2021 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
September 14 & 15, 2021

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
  • Patient movement
  • 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
  • Hurricane response
  • 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
  • Cyber security

For more information or to submit your presentation abstract, email the CHA Education Department at education@calhospital.org.


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