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.
Under a new state law, most general acute care hospitals will need to post public notices and report annual status updates on their compliance with 2030 seismic requirements by the end of 2023.
FEMA public assistance represents an important source of funding to help governmental and not-for-profit hospitals and health systems offset COVID-19 related expenses. However, CHA members have experience numerous delays in getting their applications processed.
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.