Disaster Readiness Modernization

About Disaster Readiness Modernization

California, like states across the country, is drawing on the lessons of the pandemic to think differently about disaster planning, so that the next statewide crisis will be less severe, less deadly. Here’s what we know: COVID-19 has shown that California’s disaster response system must be modernized.

Hospitals must have the necessary time and flexibility to ensure that emergency services will be available to all Californians when the next disaster occurs, while also prioritizing investments that will build the health care delivery system of tomorrow.

The Hospital Disaster Preparedness Plan will ensure that every hospital building can withstand a major earthquake, providing the most comprehensive safety measures to protect patients and health care workers alike and that essential emergency care services can continue to be available to any community struck by earthquake or other disaster.


HCAI Releases Guidance on NPC-5 Requirements

The Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) has released an Advisory Guide that addresses frequently asked questions about the Nonstructural Performance Category-5 (NPC-5) water rationing plan requirement.  

Hospitals Are Resilient, Not Invincible

There’s a widely held misconception about California’s hospitals that their proven resilience in the face of challenges over decades upon decades means they can withstand anything thrown their way. 

Hospitals’ Financial Peril Deepens

The latest national snapshot of hospitals’ financial circumstances from Kaufman Hall reinforces something California’s hospitals know all too well: A dire situation is growing even worse. 

Abundance of Revenue May Trigger State Spending Limits

Even though the state will bring in billions of dollars in surplus revenue this year, its ability to spend those additional dollars may be more limited than it has been for many years. This unique challenge facing the Legislature and administration as they craft the 2022-23 state budget is being driven by a voter-approved requirement […]

Care for All Means Care for ALL

Our state is home to nearly 11 million immigrants, more than any other in the nation, and immigrants account for 28% of California’s population. Policies that sow fear or confusion among our immigrant communities are antithetical and detrimental to the mission of hospitals: Caring for the sick and healing the injured, regardless of a patient’s […]