Emergency Preparedness

About Emergency Preparedness

It’s time to change the way California thinks about disaster response. The state must draw on the lessons of COVID-19 to prepare differently for disasters, so that the next large crisis will be less severe and less deadly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that hospitals can quickly mobilize to put in place emergency preparedness plans and use flexible approaches to care for patients with the greatest needs during a disaster. In the case of COVID-19, hospitals rapidly converted spaces to create more ICU beds to care for surges of COVID-19 patients, redeployed staff, and utilized other staffing strategies to provide care to critically ill patients.
Given California’s size and complexity, the health care disaster response system of the future must be nimble enough to respond at any given moment to a regional catastrophe or something larger.

2022 Disaster Planning Conference

REMEMBER, RECHARGE, and RECONNECT “Learn from the past, prepare for the future, live in the present.” -Thomas Monson What health care workers experienced over the last two years will be talked about for generations to come. We suffered professional and personal losses, pushed ourselves beyond our limits, and learned more than we ever expected. Fortunately, […]

FEMA Funding for Eligible COVID-19 Costs Extended Through April 1, 2022 

President Biden has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will continue to provide 100% federal reimbursement for eligible costs associated with ongoing COVID-19 recovery efforts and vaccine initiatives through April 1, 2022.   The funding will be available to local, state, tribal or territorial governments, and certain non-profit organizations. The policy was set to expire on Dec. 31. 

Register Now for CHA’s Disaster Planning Virtual Conference

Registration is now open for CHA’s Disaster Planning Virtual Conference. This dynamic conference, which will be held Sept 14-15, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PT) both days, will celebrate and draw inspiration from the determination and perseverance of disaster professionals up and down the state.

Medical Certification Needed for Medical Baseline Programs

In 2020, the major power utilities in California waived the requirement for medical practitioners to certify a patient’s request to enroll in their medical baseline programs. However, this temporary waiver allowing customers to self-certify their eligibility to enroll ended on June 30, and a signature from a qualified medical practitioner is now required.