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.
Recently central rural California was given a rough reminder that
we live in earthquake territory. Each year the Earthquake Country
Alliance hosts The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, this year on
October 17. Hospitals and individuals are encouraged to register
and participate in this years’ drill.
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
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.
The findings from Governor Newsom’s strike force has been
compiled into the report Wildfires and Climate Change: California’s Energy
Future. The report has recommended changes to strengthen
wildfire prevention and response. The strike force will continue
to work this issue and take action on the the report ideas.