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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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Protecting Sensitive and Personal Information from Ransomware-Caused Data Breaches
Resource from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

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:

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2021 Disaster Planning Virtual Conference

COVID-19 brought about unforeseen challenges and solutions, forever changing the face of emergency readiness. With gritty determination and endless perseverance, you demonstrated day in and day out how valuable you are to keeping our communities safe and healthy.

In 2020, emergency services professionals, community partners and health care leaders learned from each other like never before. You took new paths to find solutions, created new protocols, found light at the end of a long tunnel – moving beyond the pandemic.

Join us at this year’s Disaster Planning Conference as we share lessons from 2020 and apply them to the challenges facing 2021.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Resource Requests

With resources at critically low levels across all regions of the state, the nation, and worldwide, the best way to get supplies in California is to request them through the Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) Program.

A list of county MHOAC contacts is here, and a reference guide for making requests — along with a chart illustrating the flow of communication and resources – is here.

Instructions for requesting supplies through MHOAC — a process that is tested annually with your hospital and disaster coordinator during the November Statewide Medical and Health Exercise — are below.

Hospital initiates the request to the MHOAC using a 213 Resource Request (RR). Note: Even though hospitals often realize that local, regional, and state caches may be empty, it is important to continue submitting 213 RR requests to ensure the requests are making it to CDC for potential fulfillment.

The MHOAC distributes any local supplies available.

If there are insufficient local/county supplies, the MHOAC submits the hospital’s 213 RR to the Regional Disaster Medical and Health Specialist to check for available supplies in the region.

If there are insufficient supplies in the region, the Regional Disaster Medical and Health Specialist submits the hospital’s 213 RR to the State Medical and Health Command Center, which is a combined state command center of the Emergency Medical Services Authority and the California Department of Public Health.

If there are insufficient state supplies, the Medical and Health Command Center shares the requests with the State Operations Center, which then — under the Governor’s emergency declaration — makes a request from the Strategic National Stockpile and Vendor Managed Inventory.

If you are using this process and not receiving a response or the necessary resources you need, please contact Mary Massey, vice president, emergency preparedness, at mmassey@calhospital.org.