Conference / Symposium

2024 Disaster Planning Conference

Pasadena Convention Center
September 10, 2024 | 8:00AM - 4:30PM PT
September 11, 2024 | 8:00AM - 3:30PM PT

If you are in emergency preparedness, you know planning ahead is smart. 

Preparing for the 2024 Disaster Planning Conference now… is also smart. 

Why? That’s easy. You can: 

  1. Take advantage of the reduced Early Bird registration when registration opens. Lower fees can mean a few things. Either more colleagues can go with you, or early planning allows you to have the budget for an additional educational event in 2024.  
  2. Arrange September’s staffing and vacation schedules in advance.
  3. Strategize where to get the rest of the CE you need. 

The 2024 Disaster Planning Conference will be in Pasadena this year. It’s sure to be as spectacular as ever. The committee members are just starting their work on bringing you relevant topics and expert speakers to deliver them. You don’t need an agenda to know the Disaster Planning Conference is a must-attend event of 2024.  

Note: Livestreaming includes all keynote and general sessions plus select breakout sessions being held in the general session room.

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. | Check-in, Breakfast, and Exhibitor Viewing

8:45 – 9:00 a.m. | Sponsorship Opportunity | TBD

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. | Welcome & Keynote | The Joint Commission
James Kendig, MS, CHSP, HEM, Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission and Angela Murray, MSN, RN, Project Director, Healthcare Standards Development Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. | Exhibitor Viewing

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  1. Building Better Business Continuity for Health Care’s Future (Livestream)
    Shanley Miller, Business Manager, Mass General Brigham
  2. Test Your Cyber Readiness in Real Time 
    Mitch Saruwatari, Director of Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente   
  3. It’s Only a Drill! Design, Execute, and Evaluate a Disaster Drill
    Erik Angle,RN, MICN, MEP, NHDP, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Roseville
  4. Earthquake Threat: Resource for Quick Response Decisions
    Margaret Vinci, Manager, Office of Earthquake Programs and SoCal Regional, CalTech; Jonathan Gudel, Cal OES

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Hosted Luncheon

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  1. Leading on a Knife’s Edge — Help the Helpers in a Crisis (Livestream)
    Andi Tenner, MD, MPH, FACEP, Director, San Francisco Public Health Emergency
  2. Hospital Evacuation
    Isabel Sanchez, Disaster Services Specialist, Los Angeles County EMS; Mara Bryant, Senior Vice President, Adventist Health White Memorial
  3. Meeting the Need for Pediatric Patient Surge Preparedness
    Christopher Riccardi, CHEP CHSP, Manager, Emergency Management, Children’s Hospital of Orange; Bridgette Glines, UCSF Pediatric Pandemic Network
  4. The Critical Role of Hazard Vulnerability Assessments in Climate Change Preparedness
    Kathy Harris, MCRP, Executive Director, Stanford Health Care; Jodi Gregory, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. | Break

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. | General Session | Skilled Nursing Evacuation in San Diego: Responding as a HCC
Trish Muth-Masayon, MPH, MBA, Emergency Manager and Danisha Jenkins, Sharp HealthCare; Kyle Whimpey, Golden Hills Post Acute; Donna Johnson, County of San Diego Public Health Preparedness and Response

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. | Break & Exhibitor Viewing

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Closing Session | Coalitions’ Response to the Maui Wildfire (Maui’s on Fire)
Marc Moriguchi, Director, Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Reception

Note: Livestreaming includes all keynote and general sessions plus select breakout sessions being held in the general session room.

7:00 – 7:45 a.m. | Breakfast & Exhibitor Viewing

7:45 – 8:00 a.m. | Sponsorship Opportunity | TBD

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. | General Session | Trust: The Secret Ingredient
Lizi Oceransky, M.A., MCC, CPCC, CDWF, CDTLD, Facilitator and Coach, Vidl Work

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. | General Session | Fundamentals of Radiation Protection Across Industries
Raj Puri, MD, MPH, Corporate Medical Director, PBF Energy

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. | Exhibitor Viewing & Raffle

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  1. Building Relationships in a Health Care Coalition: It’s Everything (Livestream)
    Sean Roberts, Emergency Services Specialist, County of Tulare PH; Amy Ybarra, Madera Public Health
  2. Clever Integrations: Teams and Hospital Incident Command
    Scott Cossey, Disaster Planner/Surge Coordinator, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
  3. Artificial Intelligence: Tools, Ethics and Risks – Changes are Coming
    Janette Ducut Ed.D, Director, Training & Education, University of California
  4. Preparing Adult Health Care Facilities for Pediatric Disaster Victims
    Erika Cheung, MSN, RN, CPN, Manager, Emergency Management, and Vicky Olson, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions (choose one)

  1. Enhancing Cybersecurity for Health Care: Addressing the IT and Emergency Management Gap (Livestream)
    Jan Merrick, BS, ESC HPP Coordinator, and Will Luna, County of Riverside Emergency Management Department
  2. A+ After-Action Reports
    Janet Gutierrez, BA, HEM, Safety Officer, Sutter Health – Bay Area
  3. Multi-Sector Collaborative Approach to Emergency Preparedness                                       
    Andrew Ward, NREMT, TLO, Program Manager of Emergency Preparation, Providence     
  4. Oxygen Truck Explosion Outside of a Medical Facility Response
    Steve Suter   

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. | Hosted Luncheon

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. | General Session | Frontline Facility: Initial Management of a Patient with a Suspected Special Pathogen 
Jennifer Cuzzolina, Special Pathogens Program Coordinator, Jennifer Garland and Ryan Tuchmayer, MPH, Director, Emergency Management, Environmental Health & Safety, Cedars Sinai

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. | Closing Keynote Session| Enhancing Health Care Emergency Preparedness: Tools for Success
Rachel Lehman, ASPR TRACIE Program Director, HHS Strategic Preparedness and Response Center for Prepare

James Kendig, MS, CHSP, HEM
Field Director, Surveyor Management and Development Accreditation and Certification Operations
The Joint Commission
Mr. Kendig oversees half of the surveyor cadre who specialize in surveying The Joint Commission’s life safety, environment of care, and emergency management standards. He maintains certifications as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, Certified Hazard Control Manager, Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager, and is a licensed Healthcare Risk Manager.

Angela Murray, MSN, RN
Project Director, Healthcare Standards Development Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation
The Joint Commission

Ms. Murray is currently a Project Director in the Department of Standards and Survey Methods within the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation. She also maintains the requirements of the Emergency Management chapter for each accreditation program offered by The Joint Commission. Ms. Murray co-chairs the Emergency Management Committee and is actively involved in other departmental projects.

Lizi Oceransky, M.A., MCC, CPCC, CDWF, CDTLD
Facilitator and Coach
Vidl Work
Lizi has over 20 years of experience assisting individuals, teams, and organizations in enhancing their effectiveness, impact, and cohesion. At the core of her work is her passion for helping her clients reach their full potential by connecting with their authentic voices, passions, and skills, boosting their confidence, and enabling them to thrive. Lizi is trilingual (Spanish, English, and Hebrew) and her work involves coaching individuals and teams from diverse cultural backgrounds, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tuition fees are for in-person or livestream.
Note: Livestreaming includes all keynote and general sessions plus select breakout sessions.

Early Bird Members: $415*
Early Bird Associate Members and Government Entities: $415*
Early Bird Nonmembers: $1000*
*Early bird pricing expires on 8/9/2024.

Members: $450
Associate Members and Government Entities: $450
Nonmembers: $1100

Members are CHA member hospitals. Nonmembers are non-hospital health care providers, clinics, and post-acute facilities 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

Pasadena Convention Center
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101

Hotel Dena
303 Cordova Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-4000 (reservations)

The Hotel Dena has rooms available at the discounted rate of $219 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, click here or call (626) 449-4000 and mention the “2024 CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is August 19

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

Hardship Waiver
The California Hospital Association (CHA) recognizes the financial challenges facing hospitals that may prevent you from attending this conference. We want to help. We will offer a reduced registration fee, from $450 to $225, to the first 6 applicants who qualify for a hardship waiver. With a limited number of waivers available, we need to limit the offer to two (2) requests per facility.

To be considered for this waiver:

  • You must be a member of CHA.
  • Complete the below form by August 1.

Applicants will be notified by August 8 if they have been selected to receive the reduced registration fee.

2024 Disaster Hardship Waiver