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HCAI, OSHPD Release Design Guide for Planning and Preparing for Disasters

What’s happening: The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) have released a new Design Guide for Planning and Preparing for Disasters to assist hospitals in planning, preparing, and responding to disasters.   

What else to know: The 102-page document includes coordinating references and illustrations supporting hospitals’ obligation to save lives and prevent injury or property damage in their emergency response. 

Sections include: 

  • Planning, Preparing, and Implementing Solutions for a Seismic Event 
  • Emergency Patient Room Ventilation Conversion 
  • Emergency Operations for Surge Capacity 
  • Spaces That Can be Split into Multiple Zones 
  • Other Considerations for Surge Capacity 
  • HVAC System Considerations for Handling Smoke During Wildfires 
  • Upgrading Air Filters 
  • How to Expedite Emergency Projects 
  • OSHPD’s Response for Disasters 
  • Coordination for Temporary Surge Facilities and Alternate Care Sites