2030 Seismic Requirements

By mid-2026, all California hospitals will have met the state’s stringent life safety seismic standards, making them among the safest buildings in the state. Hospitals will stand after an earthquake, people will be safe, and hospitals will work with their communities to protect patients’ access to health care. Hospitals face another deadline of Jan. 1, 2030, for more requirements. Any hospital building that does not meet these will be forced to close and patient care will cease. California must prioritize access to patient care.

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SB 869 | Small and Rural Hospital Relief

Wood, D-Healdsburg

Would prioritize certain smaller hospitals for the existing Small and Rural Hospital Relief Program, which is funded by the e-cigarette tax.   

SB 1119 | Extend First Compliance Deadline

Newman, D-Fullerton

Would extend the first seismic compliance deadline for three hospitals: Providence St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Providence St. Joseph Hospital – Eureka, and Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center.   

SB 1432 | Extend 2030 Deadline

Caballero, D-Merced

Would extend the 2030 deadline, address additional post-earthquake disaster preparedness requirements for hospitals, assess opportunities for financial support, require the state to assess the financial and access impacts of the 2030 requirement, and address rural hospitals’ unique concerns.  


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Infographic: 2030 Seismic Requirements

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Without Reform to Seismic Standards, Access is at Risk

Issue Brief

Action Needed to Prevent Loss of Access to Care Throughout California

Device that measures earth tremors. Used by geologists to measure magnitude, intensity, and duration of seismic activity like earthquakes and plate movements. The stronger the ground shakes, the more dramatic the lines move.

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Hospitals are Safe for Earthquakes, but Access to Health Care is at Risk


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