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


Resources Available for Disaster Survivors and Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has updated its resources on substance use disorders and disasters. The resources include brochures and tip sheets to help disaster survivors avoid increasing alcohol and drug use, a mobile app to guide health care practitioners in medication-assisted treatment, screening tools, fact sheets and manuals on helping people with addictions.


New Emergency Rule: Challenge for Some, Good for All
DomesticPreparedness.com February 7, 2018

The CMS Rule for Emergency Preparedness activated in 2016 applies to nearly every healthcare provider in the nation. Read this new article by domesticpreparedness.com, which shares key elements of the rule along with a table of the 17 types of providers. 


The Last Stand: Evacuating a Hospital in the Middle of a Wildfire
ASPR TRACIE Exchange: Volume 6 February 2018

Read about the experiences of Dr. Josh Weil, Skip Skivington, and Mitch Saruwatari during and after the North Bay Fires as ASPR TRACIE interviewed these Kaiser staff members about their personal encounter with the wildfire and professional ordeal evacuating a hospital in the midst of one.

The Last Stand: Evacuating a Hospital in the Middle of a Wildfire (pages 2-8)


Seasonal Influenza A (H3N2)
2017-18 Flu Outbreak

Seasonal influenza is an acute viral infection that spreads easily from person to person. Seasonal influenza viruses circulate worldwide and can affect people in any age group. … Seasonal influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illness and death in high risk populations.

Resources & Information

CDC Public Health Response to Severe Influenza – video


Governor Brown expands Executive Order to include flooding and mudslides
Executive Order B-46-18

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has issued an executive order to further assist recovery efforts in Southern California related to the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides. The order helps ensure there’s the staffing and resources needed to continue to respond to the ongoing disaster and expedite debris removal.


Stop the Bleed: Battlefield Lessons to a National Campaign

National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health [Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences]. 12/14/2017
This 57-minute webinar provides an overview of the Stop the Bleed campaign’s potential impact on mass casualty events, and how combat casualty care science served as the foundation for Stop the Bleed’s creation. It discusses blast injuries, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and Stop the Bleed’s current and next steps.

Video: Webinar