Conference / Symposium

2023 Disaster Planning Conference

Sacramento Convention Center
October 3, 2023 | 9:00AM - 4:30PM PST
October 4, 2023 | 8:00AM - 3:30PM PST

Start thinking about the 2023 Disaster Planning Conference, we are.

When:   October 3-4, 2023
Where: Sacramento Convention Center

Save this date. Or if you already know you are going to attend – Excellent! Register now to attend in person or virtual. We are happy to have you.

Meanwhile, the Conference Committee is busy planning the agenda for this annual event.

Full Conference
*Members: $550
Associate Members and Government Entities: $550
**Nonmembers: $750

Livestream Conference
*Members: $275
Associate Members and Government Entities: $275
**Nonmembers: $375
Note: Livestreaming includes all keynote and general sessions plus select breakout sessions.

*Members are CHA member hospitals. **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.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled event and emailed to 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.

Special Accommodations

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


CHA will photograph this event. If you prefer not to be photographed, please email CHA at

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is the host hotel for the conference. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento and across the street from the Convention Center, the Hyatt is close to numerous dining options, shopping and parks. 

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(888) 421-1442 (reservations)
(916) 443-1234

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento has rooms available at the discounted rate of $220 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (888) 421-1442 and mention the “Disaster Planning for CA Hospitals.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is September 11. To book a room online, click here.


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

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

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

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

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

Shannon McDougal, Executive Director, City of Hope

Stephanie Meeks, Emergency Management & Regulatory Compliance Manager, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

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

Steve Storbakken, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Environmental Safety, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

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

Showcase your products to hundreds of leading health care decision makers. We are expecting 600+ hospital administrators, emergency preparedness coordinators, disaster planners, risk managers, physicians, nurse executives, emergency department managers, safety and security personnel, and other hospital professionals from throughout the state.

Ways to Participate

Sponsor the conference
Sponsorship opportunities are available and offer additional benefits, including free booth space at the exhibit show, complimentary conference registrations, advertising in conference app, plenty of face time with attendees and much more.

Exhibit at the conference
Showcase your product or service directly to hospitals participating in the exhibit show. With dedicated exhibit viewing time to network, you will not be disappointed!

Beyond the Booth – A La Carte Opportunities
Reserving your exhibit space is just the start of building your experience. By leveraging the beyond the booth opportunities available to you as a sponsor and/or exhibitor, you can increase your visibility and engagement with conference attendees, and maximize the return on your investment.


Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Act quickly — we expect exhibit space to sell out.

Questions? Contact Lisa Hartzell at

Those who wish to be considered to present for either general or breakout sessions should submit an abstract for review. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Workplace violence — behavioral health perspective
  • For new disaster coordinators: how to run a disaster drill, set up a mentor program, etc.
  • Grant reimbursement
  • Home health hospice
  • Load leveling
  • Business continuity/recovery planning
  • Disaster planning for small/rural hospitals
  • CMS emergency preparedness requirements — lessons learned from our survey
  • How our hospitals survived the atmospheric river storms
  • Health care lessons learned
  • Situation reporting/information sharing in a disaster
  • Patient reunification and repatriation
  • Financial and operational lessons learned post-disaster
  • Staff burnout — critical incident stress management and staff recovery
  • California climate change
  • Cyber security

If you have an idea that isn’t noted above, please submit it. We encourage presenters to include real-life examples relatable to our disaster professional audience. Click here to submit your presentation abstract. The submission deadline is March 28.

Poster Option:
What if you have a great idea, but it isn’t enough for an hour’s presentation, or you don’t want to present in front of a large group? We still want to see it! You can turn in a poster that will be showcased for all attendees to view throughout the conference. Click here to submit your idea for a poster. The submission deadline is March 28.