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.


Urge Lawmakers to Vote Yes on Budget Trailer Bill to Modernize Disaster Preparedness Standards

Action needed:  Call your state senators and assembly members and urge them to adopt a proposal through this year’s state budget process that will refocus 2030 hospital seismic requirements on post-event emergency services. The proposal will also provide an additional seven years for hospitals to comply as they begin to recover from the financial toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Additional details on the proposal are in this one-page outline.  To assist […]