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


September is National Preparedness Month
Governor Newsom Issues Proclamation

Late last week Governor Newsom issued a proclamation declaring September National Preparedness Month. Read the full text here.


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


Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
October 17, 2019

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.

Registration and materials to the 2019 Great ShakeOut Drill


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.


Fourth Generation Chemical Agents – New Guidance and Information
US Dept of Health & Human Services

The resources linked below were developed by a federal interagency working group to address fourth generation agents, know as Novichoke or A-series nerve agents.

Fourth Generation Agents – background information and documents

Safety Awareness for First On-Scene Responders Bulletin

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Governor Releases Report on California’s Catastrophic Wildfires, Climate Change and our Energy Future
Wildfires and Climate Change: California's Energy Future

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.