Hospital Utilities Management
Preserving Critical Systems

Pre-Conference Session from the 2013 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference

What Happens When the Taps Run Dry?Emergency Water Planning Best Practices  Jim Siplon

2013 Pre-Conference Hospital Utilities Planning Template

The Overview of System Failures Chart is a customizable template for hospital incident command and house supervisors to use in planning for various hospital system failures. It lists what will be affected when a system goes down, who the system failure will impact, key actions that should be initiated and primary planning partners.

Tools by Key Utility System

Below are examples of planning tools and established procedures from various hospitals that you may wish to summarize and incorporate into the Overview of System Failure chart, as appropriate for your own facility.

Multiple Systems

Electrical Power






Piped Medical Gases


CHA would like to thank the following organizations who generously shared their resources to develop this toolkit:

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital Manteca/Modesto, Kaiser Permanente
  • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Health & Services
  • San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
  • Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and California Pacific Medical Center, Sutter Health
  • UCSD Medical Center, University of California San Diego Health System