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.
August 19, 2022: California Department of Public
Health (CDPHi) released a new guidance document on
wildfire as an update to previous guidance released in
The guidance provides essential information to those involved in
planning for and responding to California’s wildfire smoke
events. While the primary focus is Public Health, it incorporates
important information from related disciplines, including
environmental air quality regulation, to better prepare Public
Health Officials for this increasing threat.
Although Public Health Officials are the primary audience, this
information may be useful to hospitals and healthcare systems as
they plan for the impacts of wildfire smoke episodes.
and tool was funded through a grant from the California
Community Foundation and is presented as a free reference tool to
help Hospital Emergency Managers prepare, plan and conduct
exercises and training with local AFN communities. This tool
was developed for, and is intended for use by, emergency
management professionals in the healthcare industry.
All agency and organization websites selected for inclusion in
the ‘Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Hospital Disaster
Guidebook’ and any and all designations of ‘best practice’ have
been made under the direction of Steven Storbakken, Director of
Emergency Preparedness & Environmental Safety, Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). Mr. Storbakken used his
extensive experience and expertise in hospital disaster
management to compile the listings in this tool.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, PVHMC will not incur any
liability, including without limitation, liability for damages,
arising from the content. All conditions, warranties and other
terms which might otherwise be implied by the law are excluded.
While the information contained in this tool will be periodically
updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in
these websites is correct, complete, and up-to-date. Although the
‘Access and Functional Needs (AFN) Hospital Disaster Guidebook’
and the website upon which it is posted may include links
providing direct access to other Internet resources, PVHMC is not
responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained
in these sites.
This Operational Continuity-Cyber Incident (OCCI) checklist
provides a flexible template for operational staff and executive
management to respond to and recover from an extended enterprise
outage due to a serious cyber attack.
The checklist’s suggested operational structures and tasks can be
modified or refined according to an organization’s size,
resources, complexity and capabilities.
The checklist represents the best collective thinking of
private-sector cybersecurity and emergency management executives
of the HSCC Incident Response/Business Continuity (IRBC) Task
Group of the Health Sector Coordinating Council’s Cybersecurity
Working Group (CWG). It is not associated in any way with any
regulatory compliance program.
Ransomware is a serious and increasing threat to all
government and private sector organizations,
including critical infrastructure organizations.
All organizations are at risk of falling victim to a ransomware
incident and are responsible for protecting sensitive
and personal data stored on their systems.
This fact sheet provides information for all government and
private sector organizations, including critical
infrastructure organizations, on preventing and responding to
ransomware-caused data breaches. CISA encourages
organizations to adopt a heightened state of awareness and
implement the recommendations on this linked resource: