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


Disaster Planning Conference: General Sessions Announced
The New Norm: Adjusting Our Strategies

Wildfires. Mudslides. Floods. Mass shootings. What were once rare or infrequent events have now become regular occurrences. But no two disasters are ever the same ― now more than ever, we must re-evaluate our strategies and redefine preparation. From communication to compliance, it is time to adjust to the New Norm.

Yes, a different location, but it’s the same great conference you’ve come to expect. Click here to look at the amazing lineup of speakers we have secured for general sessions and to register.


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


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.


2019 Disaster Planning Conference – The New Norm: Adjusting our Strategies
September 10-11, 2019

Wildfires. Mudslides. Floods. Mass shootings. These once rare or infrequent events have become regular occurrences, and no two disasters are ever the same. Now more than ever, hospitals must reevaluate our procedures and redefine preparation. 

From communication to compliance, it is time to rethink our strategies and prepare for the new normal.


Violence Prevention – Homicide and Suicide Deaths in California
Data Brief by California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPHi) has designated violence as a departmental priority and thus developed the Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) along with Preventing Violence in California Data Brief 1: Overview of Homicide and Suicide Deaths in California. CDPH is committed to reducing violence and creating safer, healthier communities across California.