One of the most difficult tasks confronting hospitals is how to prepare for disasters. The hospital not only needs to care for its existing patient’s but also needs to prepare for the potential of thousands of people needing critical care as a result of the disaster. Some guidance and information on the development of plans and response are available in the links below:
California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)
-The mission of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority is to ensure quality patient care by administering an effective, statewide system of coordinated emergency medical care, injury prevention, and disaster medical response.
California Hospitals Association
-The California Hospital Association (CHA) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides ongoing support to California hospitals and health systems in all-hazard’s disaster planning and response.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The California Hospitals Association has provided a great starting point for information on a wide variety of topics relative to hospitals and preparedness. Subjects discussed are:
- Government codes and statutes
- National Incident Management System (NIMS)
California Department of Public Health
(CDPH)- The California Department of Public Health is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California. Our Vision is healthy individuals and families in healthful communities. In addition maintains "Be Prepared California"
which includes guidance and resources for hospitals and healthcare providers.
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
(ASPR)- The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (formerly the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness) was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The office provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System, to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster.
Hospital Preparedness Grant Program Guidance (pdf download)
- The HPP goal is to ensure awardees use these CA funds to maintain, refine, and to the extent achievable, enhance the capacities and capabilities of their healthcare systems, and for exercising and improving preparedness plans for all-hazards including pandemic influenza.
Medical Reserve Corps
- The mission of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers.
National Incident Management System
Federal Emergency Management Agency - Hospital and Health Care Systems guidance and fact sheet for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) (pdf download)
NIMS Implementation Guidelines for Hospitals (Elements 1-17)(pdf download)
Hospital Incident Command System
(HICS) - HICS is a methodology for using the Incident Command System (ICS) in a hospital/healthcare environment. HICS is an incident management system based on the ICS that assists hospitals in improving their emergency management planning, response, and recovery capabilities for unplanned and planned events. California Emergecy Medical Authority (EMSA) guidance is available at the HICS link above.