On June 8, 2021 CHA distributed its final edition of CHA’s
Coronavirus Response. CHA will provide
regular updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic through its
twice-weekly newsletter, CHA News. Staff at member hospitals who
don’t currently receive CHA News may subscribe on the CHA website.
CHA is now accepting submissions for presentations for the 2021
CHA Disaster Preparedness Virtual Conference. The conference
is a unique opportunity for your organization to
showcase and share its emergency preparedness knowledge and
expertise with a cross-section of peers.
Submissions must be received by May 21.
The virtual conference is expected to draw more than 700 hospital
emergency preparedness coordinators, hospital
administrators, CNOs, EMS personnel and public health officials.
The event will take place virtually on September 14 & 15.
Presenters who wish to be considered for both general and
breakout sessions should submit an abstract for review. Suggested
topics include, but are not limited to:
COVID-19 best practices/lessons learned
Business continuity/recovery planning
Disaster planning for small/rural hospitals
Radiological/nuclear contamination planning and response
CMS emergency preparedness requirements — lessons learned
from our survey
Health care lessons learned
Situation reporting/information sharing in a disaster
Patient reunification and repatriation
Lessons learned from supply and pharmaceutical shortages
Financial and operational lessons learned post-disaster
Critical incident stress management and staff recovery
California climate change
For more information or to submit your presentation
abstract, email the CHA Education Department at
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.
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
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
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
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,
This Primer provides key information on the public health
emergency response to the COVID-19. The primer will provide
information & objective guidance (not legal advice) on emerging
issues of law and policy and serve as a quick briefing on core
legal preparedness and response issues
Pandemic events present multiple challenges to the health care
environment and the ability of the respiratory therapist to
provide mechanical ventilation to all persons in need.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Strategic
National Stockpile (SNS) is a repository of ventilators that
would be used to supplement the supply currently in use by the
nation’s acute care facilities. These ventilators can be
requested and allocated to areas of need in the event of a
ASPR TRACIE compiled and synthesized information from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local and state health
departments, and other open sources.
This response highlights resources for healthcare system
emergency preparedness planners to use while preparing for and
responding to infectious disease outbreaks with drive-through
Considerations and lessons learned from these materials are also
gathered and provided as points for consideration. ASPR TRACIE
reached out to members of its Subject Matter Expert Cadre for
information and will update this document with additional
operational resources and guidance documents as they become
The Listen, Protect and Connect psychological first aid system
designed for families, neighbors, co-workers and first
responders. One version is an “all ages” family-to-family,
neighbor-to-neighbor version and two are specifically for
supporting children. One for parents and one just for teachers
and schools to use.
This approach suggests ways we all can support each other’s
resilience and coping before, during and after emergencies. The
approach builds on strengths and practices that families and
community already use and offer additional ideas and tools to
call upon in times of disaster.
A fact-sheet for parents and caregivers about infectious disease
outbreaks in your community. Knowing important information
about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce
stress and help calm likely anxieties.
This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an
infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both
physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their
Solano County recorded the first U.S. case unrelated to
international travel, raising fears of a local outbreak — and
California hospitals are bracing for the possibility of large
numbers of coronavirus patients at a time many are already
stretched thin because of the flu season.
The 2017 update to the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan aims to
highlight and build upon successes of the last decade,
making clear additional efforts needed to improve pandemic
preparedness. These efforts are described in the seven domains
that form the basis for the 2017 update.
Developed by the CHA Hospital Preparedness
Program, this checklist is intended to be used as one of
several tools to assist in preparation for Seasonal Influenza and
The checklist recommendations are general in nature with a
purpose of prompting review and action. Public health is the lead
agency during these events, and every effort should be made to
remain up-to-date with rapidly changing local, state, and federal
guidance and regulations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the
California Department of Public Health have issued Health
Advisories and travel alerts on the Zika Virus. The Zika virus is
spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms
of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and
conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with
symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease
requiring hospitalization is uncommon. In May 2015, the Pan
American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the
first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in
Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant
women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor
pregnancy outcomes. For more