Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
The New Norm: Adjusting our Strategies

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September 10 – 11, 2019
Pasadena, CA

Deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is August 19


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 reevaluate our strategies and redefine preparation.  From communication to compliance, it is time to adjust to the New Norm.

Join us for the largest statewide gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California and learn how our past experiences will help us be better prepared for what lies ahead.

Conference Meeting Locations – NEW

The conference and exhibit show will be held at the Pasadena Conference Center. Host hotels are: The Westin Pasadena and Sheraton Pasadena Hotel.

Early Check-in

Avoid the lines and check-in early!  Monday, September 9th at the Pasadena Conference Center from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday Agenda

Tuesday, Sept. 10

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Session — The Role of the CEO & COO During and After Disaster Strikes — Panel Discussion
Steve Stark, MHA, MSOP, ACHE, CEO, Orchard Hospital; Jennifer Nyhuis, CEO, Signature Healthcare, Vista del Mar Hospital; Susan Stone, Senior Vice President and CEO, Sharp Coronado Hospital; Mike Wiltermood, President and CEO, Enloe Medical Center; and Steve Fellows, Executive Vice President & COO, Cottage Health
The role of a CEO and COO may differ according to the hospital – their responsibility, however, remains the same. They must keep the hospital solvent, patients safe, and staff secure. Listen to different CEOs & COOs discuss the disaster that struck their community, the impact on their hospital and staff, and the role they played in response. Through their stories you’ll learn what it’s like to stand in the shoes of leadership, from day-of impact to community despair to reconstruction.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Keynote Session — Health Care Resiliency
Robin Guenther, Principal, Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor, Health Care Without Harm
Communities often turn to their hospitals during times of crisis, seeking treatment or refuge in the security and safety those hospitals represent. Losing one can shake a community to its core.  With natural disasters and climate change events occurring more frequently, hospitals must become more resilient and prepared for all incidents including flooding, power outages and wildfires. Utilizing “The Toolkit” authored by Ms. Guenther, along with case studies, the session will help attendees understand a hospital’s climate risks and what needs to be done to protect health care facilities and systems during extreme weather events ― ensuring the facility will be there for the community it serves.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Hosted Lunch
California Emergency Medical Services Authority & California Department of Public Health Updates 

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Building Hospital and Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Change 
Robyn Rothman, JD, Climate and Health Policy Manager, Health Care Without Harm (moderator) Seth Baruch, National Director for Energy and Utilities, Kaiser Permanente; Dr. Marc Futernick, Emergency Physician, Dignity Health California Hospital Medical Center, Regional Director for VEP Healthcare
What is health care’s role in protecting patients and providing care when it is needed most?  How can hospitals become more resilient, and help their communities become better prepared to withstand a changing climate? Learn how several health systems have taken action, both inside and outside of their facilities, to build climate resilience. They will share their experiences preparing for and providing care during the recent wildfires and heat waves, and highlight best practices for creating climate-resilient hospitals as anchors for resilient communities.

Integrating Access and Functional Needs Into Hospital Emergency Planning: Updates and Implementation With the Community
Kevin Muszynski, Manager, Support Services, and Steven Storbakken, Director Emergency Preparedness, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
FEMA has indicated up to 40 percent of the U.S. population has one or more specific “access and functional needs” and these needs may increase significantly during a disaster. This presentation will focus on one hospital’s experiences in working with local AFN agencies and organizations, and in conducting disaster exercises that included an AFN component.  Speakers will provide an updated AFN risk assessment form, allowing a hospital to identify the relative level of risk to each AFN community it serves, and its degree of preparedness in meeting AFN communities’ needs.

California Pediatric Surge Plan and Toolkit: Right Patient, Right Transportation, Right Destination
Richard Johnson, Health Officer, Health and Human Services, Alpine County
A catastrophic event will certainly cause a surge of ill or injured pediatric, neonatal, and OB patients whose needs far exceed the day-to-day capability and capacity of our health care system. A response will be required at all levels, from the PICU, NICU, critical access hospitals, EMS, and outpatient providers, both public and private, throughout the state and western region. This plan and toolkit will enable hospitals along with other health care coalition members to effectively and efficiently utilize limited resources to reduce morbidity and mortality involving children following a catastrophic event.

Earthquake Early Warning System for the Western States
Margaret Vinci, Manager, Regional Coordinator, ShakeAlert, Caltech; Ryan Tuchmayer, Associate Director, Emergency Management, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 
Earthquakes are a national problem with more than 35 million people in California being exposed to potentially damaging shaking. ShakeAlert is an early warning from a network system of sensors that detects significant earthquake so quickly that alerts can reach many people seconds to several tens of seconds before shaking arrives. This earthquake alert system allows users and automatic systems to take actions to protect themselves, equipment, and delicate operations from injury or damage during shaking. Learn how ShakeAlert functions and hear how Cedars-Sinai participated as a pilot test site to implement the earthquake early warning system in their hospital.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. | Break, Exhibit Show and Poster Viewing

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. | General Session — Feather River Hospital Panel – Beyond Accreditation: When it’s a Matter of Life and Death
Tracy McBroom, System Director; Beth Neilson, Regional EM Director; Gary Miller, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Adventist Health

Not only did Feather River Hospital staff survive the Camp Fire in Butte County, but many were also part of the hospital’s evacuation process and had to act as firefighters during that fateful morning of Nov. 8, 2018. Listen as a panel provides their perspective of what happened as eyewitnesses to a fire that destroyed a whole community. They will discuss the actual evacuation, the fire’s progression on their campus, what the responders did, and what they now know in hindsight. Their lessons learned will help hospitals and health care coalition be better prepared for this type of devastating event.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | General Session

Ethical Considerations in Emergency Response
Dan Hanfling, MD, Vice President, Technical Staff, In-Q-Tel​

Catastrophic disaster. Indecision, paralysis and avoidance can surface when forced to make life or death decisions. What happens when the demand for health and medical services far outweighs available resources and supplies? How should practitioners balance the ethical considerations involved in disaster response? Dan Hanfling, MD will explore the relationship that exists between provider and patient, including how that bond might change when under duress or danger. He will highlight core ethical principles used to govern patient care decisions, and will explore the distinction between individual and population based outcomes. He will discuss the role of community engagement and how it can be used to help articulate core values deemed of importance in the setting of a scarce resource decision making event.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Show Reception and Best Practices Poster Showcase

Mingle with colleagues, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and learn about useful products and services that can help you with disaster preparedness and response.

Wednesday Agenda

Wednesday, Sept. 11

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibit Show and Best Practices Poster Showcase

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. | Special Event — Tribute to 9/11 ― 18-Years Later​
Glen Klein, New York City Detective (Ret.), NYPD Emergency Services Unit (Ret.), New York City Paramedic (Ret.)
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Glen Klein, an officer with the New York Police Department’s elite Emergency Service Unit, found himself at a command post just down the street from the World Trade Center, engulfed in dust from the collapse of the south tower. Hundreds of firefighters and police officers remained in the burning north tower as responders on the ground struggled to reach them with urgent warnings to evacuate. Listen as Glen recalls how his units rushed into the burning World Trade Center towers and worked for over 800 hours trying to recover fellow officers and other victims lost on that terrible day.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | General Session — The Future of HPP: Program Updates and a Look Ahead
Jack Herrmann, MSEd, NCC, LMHC, Director, Division of External Stakeholder Engagement, Office of External Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is a cooperative agreement that prepares the health care system to save lives during emergencies through the development of regional health care coalitions (HCC). HCCs are groups of health care and response organizations that collaborate to prepare for, and respond to, medical surge events. Ms. Harvey will discuss the future of the program, including six key changes to the HPP Funding Opportunity Announcement, as well as the critical role that hospitals serve as members of HCCs across the nation.

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. | Break & Grand Prize Drawing

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Dual-Disaster Ready: Supporting MOBs at Woodland Hills Medical Center
Jennie Gregg, Emergency Management Officer; Garo Balkian, MD, Assistant Area Medical Director; Alexander Rakul, MHA, PhD, Assistant Medical Group Administrator; Kelly Dickey, RN, Department Administrator, Family Medicine; and Michael Tutko, Director, Security Operations & Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center
The Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center (WHMC) hospital and medical office building service area faced both a community active shooter and a catastrophic wildfire within 14 hours of each other, and one year after a prior catastrophic wildfire in the same area. By focusing on people and community support, the KP WHMC team explain why they are “Dual-Disaster Ready,” including peer-recognized best practice lessons learned, leading while evacuated, and first-hand perspectives on resiliency.

Fire & Ice: Lessons Learned from a Northern Rural Hospital During Disasters
Kenneth Luke, Disaster Coordinator, and Crystal Walsh, Trauma Manager, Mercy Medical Center Redding
This presentation will discuss some of the challenges one Northern California hospital faced during two polar opposite disasters ― wildfire and a record breaking snow storm. By “thinking outside the box” and using lessons learned from the previous paradoxical event, this hospital was able to overcome challenges and conflicts. These included: transfer of critically ill patients, communication barriers from county partners during a fast-moving event, resource requesting and tracking of resources, sheltering of vulnerable populations from the community, and a critical staffing shortage.

Partners in Preparedness – Integrating Business Continuity and Emergency Readiness
Chris Riccardi, Manager, Business Continuity, and Calvin Fakkema, CHSP, CHE, Manager, EM, Safety & Security, Children’s Hospital of Orange County
The Partners in Preparedness presentation is designed to demonstrate how two departments must work together for a facility’s overall preparedness. While the Emergency Operations Plan includes mitigation, planning and response protocol, Business Continuity focuses on the recovery aspect. By planning together, strategies can be implemented during the planning and response process to alleviate gaps in getting back to business as usual with a minimal impact on our community, patients, staff and the organization.

Run or Protect: Lessons Learned from Shooting Events in the Hospital Setting
Ann Griffin, Clinical Investigator, Department of Veterans Affairs; Joanne Langan, PhD, RN, CNE, Saint Louis University School of Nursing; and Susan Schmitz, Senior Project Director, Department of Veterans Affairs
Hospital-based shootings are sudden and unpredictable, requiring staff to make quick and difficult decisions about running to save their own life versus staying to protect patients. Written plans to provide safety to patients, family and staff are required of all accredited hospitals, but specific actions for an armed intruder event are unique to each organization. Running is commonly accepted and is typically included within active shooter training courses. But what are the implications for those who are responsible for vulnerable patients who need intensive care and cannot protect themselves? Hearing how nursing staff actually behaved during multiple disasters will provide the foundation for an evidence-informed, systems- and community-based approach that organizations can use to evaluate their armed shooter response.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

Beyond the Hospital: Creating Resiliency Across the Continuum of Care
Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, National Emergency Management, and Laura Byrne, Compliance Manager, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
This session will discuss Kaiser Foundation Health Plan’s experience in ensuring system-wide compliance with the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule two years after its release. Presenters will share successes, opportunities and ongoing challenges, such as translating successful response and survey readiness in the hospital setting to other distant or remote sites, including ambulatory surgery centers. Focus will be placed on leveraging preparedness collaborations, successful communication strategies and partnerships beyond the hospital walls. Presenters will share customizable templates and tools, including a compliance monitoring and oversight tool, to help attendees identify gaps and opportunities for better alignment across care settings.

New Trends in Disaster Communications – Panel Discussion
Ryan Burgess, Prehospital Care Coordinator, UCLA Medical Center (moderator); Kurt Kainsinger, Director of Office of Emergency Preparedness, UCLA Health System; Kevin Nida, Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Net; and Soraya Peters, Vice President, ReddiNet, Hospital Association of Southern California
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center paramedic base station had long relied upon dated radio infrastructure for its communication redundancy and was in need of more reliable and cost effective methodologies. This led to implementation of a new structure for satellite voice communications as well as new technology of dedicated broadband with the federal government First Net program.  This enhancement provided reliable redundancy for both the emergency management and paramedic base station programs at UCLA at a reasonable cost. These communication services are now available to many California hospitals. This presentation will outline these technologies, how UCLA utilized these systems, and how hospitals may implement them

VA Protocol for Maintaining Operations During Megafires
Gus Ballis, Environmental Program Manager, and Joseph Johnson, Emergency Planning Manager, VA Northern California Healthcare System
The Northern California Healthcare System is 1 of 170 regions within the US Department of Veterans Affairs. It includes 10 sites that extend from Sacramento to Oakland and Redding. During 2018 there were three megafires that created a level of smoke never experienced before that time. Every site was affected by smoke that threatened closure. EHS and engineering staff worked together to develop a response protocol that allowed continuous operations by minimizing internal smoke to very low levels. This detailed protocol allowed the system to continuously serve patients while safely protecting employees.

ABC’s of Rural Collaboration – Keeping it Elementary
Valerie Lakey, Director, PR/EP Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District, and Kenneth Luke, Disaster Coordinator, Mercy Medical Center
As hospital facilities, we are required to belong to formal coalitions which serve a necessary purpose. Often times these groups get tied up in the structure: agendas, timelines, red tape and formalities. One California rural hospital tried a very informal “elementary” approach to collaboration, and it has yielded A+ results. Networking and collaboration established through this process has allowed greater access to resource shortfalls and extended training opportunities. Also,  a counterpart is readily available at another hospital, group or agency ready to help when needed.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch 

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | General Session — Strategic Response to Workplace Violence in Hospitals
Hector Alvarez, CTM, President, Alvarez Associates LLC, Workplace Threat Management
Incidents of workplace violence taking place in a hospital environment still have the ability to shock us.  Understanding the dynamics of violence and having the ability to recognize, and respond to, concerning or threatening behaviors before they can escalate is essential.  When violence does occur, hospital employees must respond quickly, effectively and with efficiency. Using strategies and exercises in-line with requirements for addressing workplace violence, learn how to create an environment where employees handle threat management and response with confidence. Understand how to avoid using language or actions during these events that create litigious situations for the hospitals. Assess a threat and react – doing what you can to create a safe and secure environment for your staff, your patients, and their families.

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. | General Session — Helping First Responders Help Themselves
Frank Goldstein PhD, Director of Behavioral Health and Resilience, Okaloosa County EMS and Director of Emerald Coast Crisis Stress Team
First responders provide critical services to communities in the aftermath of disasters, both natural and man-made. Their work is often dangerous, physically demanding, personally draining and heart-breaking. It can lead to health and mental health consequences, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), compassion fatigue and burnout. Dr. Goldstein will discuss how to create psychological plans for trauma survivors dealing with symptoms such as guilt, survivor guilt, shame, loss, amnesia and somatization.

3:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks


Hector R. Alvarez, CTM
Alvarez Associates, LLC

Hector R. Alvarez, CTM, is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention, and a Certified Threat Manager™ by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He has over 25 years of experience including time as a city police officer and security consultant. He has personally assessed and/or responded to thousands of potentially violent situations, developed numerous violence prevention programs and trained tens of thousands of employees and managers in the areas of crisis intervention, violence prevention, domestic terrorism and emergency management.

Frank L. Goldstein, PhD
Director, Behavioral Health and Resilience
Okaloosa County EMS

Frank L. Goldstein, PhD, is the Director of Behavioral Health and Resilience for Okaloosa County EMS. He is also the Director of Emerald Coast Crisis Stress Team. Senior Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Florida Disaster Medical Response Federal Team, Northwest Florida Regional Medical Response Team and Okaloosa-Walton Medical Reserve Corps. He has 40 years of experience as a first responder, Commander in the United States Air Force, a director, educator, behavioral scientist, clinician, business leader, author and motivational speaker. Skilled in disaster support, crisis and stress management, post-traumatic stress disorders, human sexuality, psychological operations, information operations, human factors profiling (domestic and international), and psychological and analytical research.

Robin Guenther, FAIA
Principal and Senior Adviser
Perkins+Will and Health Care Without Harm

Robin Guenther, FAIA, is a principal at Perkins+Will and senior adviser to Health Care Without Harm. An expert in sustainable health care design, Guenther’s projects include leading the expansion of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and ongoing work with institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She co-coordinated the “Green Guide for Health Care” and released the second edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, with Gail Vittori, in 2013.

Dan Hanfling, MD
Vice President, Technical Staff

Dan Hanfling, MD, is Vice President, Technical Staff at In-Q-Tel, specifically working with B. Next, the IQT Lab exploring the national security implications of epidemics and outbreak events and how to detect and prevent them. He currently serves as the co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events.

Jack Herrmann, MSEd, NCC, LMHC
Director, Division of External Stakeholder Engagement, Office of External Affairs
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response



Tuition fees are for in-person seminars or Live Stream
Registrations received after August 19, add $100.​

Full conference (Tuesday AND Wednesday):
Members $580, Nonmembers $775

One day only (Tuesday OR Wednesday):
Members $325, Nonmembers $435

*Members are CHA member hospitals, CHA associate members and government agencies. **Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible non-member California hospitals.

Tuition includes continental breakfasts, lunches, education sessions, exhibit show and reception, and continuing education. Onsite registrations and any unpaid registrations as of the date of the meeting will be charged an additional 10% fee.


A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 nonrefundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled event and faxed to (916) 552-7506. No refunds will be given after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Photo and/or Live Stream Video Release

CHA may photograph and/or Live Stream this event. If you prefer not to be photographed or visible during the Live Stream, please email CHA at

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act please call (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

Full attendance at the educational session is a prerequisite for receiving professional continuing education. Attendees must sign in at the conference and, when required, include their professional license number. CE certificates will be emailed. (Amount of CE offered subject to change.)

Compliance — This education activity has been submitted to the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® and is currently pending their review for continuing education.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award up to 11.75 conference hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education Credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for up to 14.10 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — Application has been made to the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) to award continuing education toward the fullfillment of FASHRM (Fellow), DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow), and CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal.

Live Stream Info

Live Stream is here! Why? Because Live Stream allows you to hear and view the conference from the convenience of your own office or conference room. Plus, multiple people can experience the seminar with a single registration fee. Live Stream attendees can ask questions during the program, just like in-person attendees, and have the same access to presentations as in-person attendees.

Live Stream tuition entitles the registrant to:

  • a single connection to the event (NOTE: don’t risk your connection by sharing with others — only one connection will be allowed in.)
  • CEs (you must attest to participation to receive CE credit)

Additional Participants and CEs
Live Stream participants who are not the registered attendee may receive CEs for $35 per person, per day. Individuals requesting CE credit must attest to their participation in the Live Stream event and pay by credit card.

Host Hotels

The Westin Pasadena and Sheraton Pasadena Hotel are the host hotels for the conference. 

The Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
(866) 837-4181 (reservations)

The Westin Pasadena has rooms available at the discounted rate of $199 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (866) 837-4181 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is August 19. To book a room online, click here.  

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel
303 Cordova Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(800) 457-7940 (reservations)

The Sheraton Pasadena Hotel has rooms available at the discounted rate of $179 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (800) 457-7940 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is August 19. To book a room online, click here.  

Abstract Submission

CHA is now accepting submissions for presentations for the 2019 CHA Disaster Planning for California Hospitals 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 10.

Click here to submit an abstract.

Best Practices Poster Showcase

The Best Practices Poster Showcase is a way for members to share innovative ideas and model programs that can be replicated by other hospitals. Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall along with more than 50 sponsor/exhibitor booths. Hospital representatives should be available during exhibit and poster viewing sessions to discuss their best practices with attendees.

Click here to submit your best practices poster entry form.

Conference Committee


Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Vice President, Emergency Management,  California Hospital Association

Committee Members

Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management

Laura Billon, MFS, CFI, Sharp HealthCare Emergency Management

Tim Beringer, Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Eisenhower Health

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Prehospital Care Coordinator Administrative Nurse II, UCLA Medical Center

Maryann Codeglia, Director, Clinical Quality Improvement, San Ramon Regional Medical Center

Susan M. Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Management Physician Lead, Santa Rosa Medical Center

Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Lois Husted, RN, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Response, UC San Diego Health System

Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations/PIO/Safety Disaster Co-Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Alex Lichtenstein, Emergency Management Specialist, UCLA Health

Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Emergency Management Consultant, Healthcare Continuity Management, Kaiser Permanente

Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Valley Hospitals

Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Manager, University of California, Davis Health

Ryan Tuchmayer, Associate Director, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Matthew Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital

Sponsor & Exhibit

Be front and center at the only disaster planning conference targeted to California hospitals. Showcase your products to hundreds of leading health care decision makers, including hospital preparedness coordinators, disaster planning teams, and key state and federal officials. With dedicated exhibit viewing time to network, you will not be disappointed!

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We would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2019 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

Gold Sponsor to Date:


Silver Sponsors to Date:


Exhibitors to Date:

  • 3M
  • Advance Egress Solutions, Inc.
  • American Technologies, Inc.
  • BOLDplanning, Inc.
  • California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • Cyalume Technologies
  • Disaster Management Systems
  • Disaster Medical Services Division, California Emergency Medical Services Authority
  • DQE
  • Earthquake Country Alliance
  • ETC Building & Design
  • Ethos Evacuation Strategies (Med Sled)
  • Everbridge
  • Flexmort
  • GCC – Guest Communications Corporation
  • Grainger, Inc.
  • HARBRO Emergency Services & Restoration
  • Image Sales, Inc.
  • Juvare
  • Kappler Inc.
  • Kinemetrics
  • Ludlum Measurement
  • Mackay Communications
  • Meals For All
  • Practical Hospital Services
  • Quake Kare / Emergency Ready 
  • ReadyAmerica
  • ReddiNet
  • Response Technologies
  • RRS Patient Decontamination
  • Simpler Life Emergency Provisions
  • SOS Survival Products
  • Southern California Earthquake Center, University of Southern California
  • SSCOR, Inc.
  • SUNKYUNG Industry Co, LTD
  • U.S. Water
  • Veoci
  • Western Shelter Systems
  • X2nSat