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Resources Available to Help Hospitals Prepare for Fire Season

A bark beetle epidemic (NewsDeeply Article Perfect Storm Brewing for California Fire Season) driven by drought is killing off millions of trees in the Sierra Nevada and increasing the fire risk as California starts another summer plagued by drought and higher temperatures. While California embraces another fire season, hospitals and health care providers should review their emergency operations plans, policies and procedures. To prepare, hospitals can download an evacuation, shelter-in-place and repopulation checklists at http://www.calhospitalprepare.org/evacuation. Additional resources for hospital employees on personal, family and pet preparedness are available at http://www.calhospitalprepare.org/personal-preparedness. For more information on this fire season, visit the Cal Fire website at http://www.fire.ca.gov/.

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