CHA News Article

CDPH Issues Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness Advisory

With temperatures expected to reach subzero in some regions of California this week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued an emergency preparedness advisory to health care facilities. Health facilities are required to maintain an emergency power source, which must be fully tested and functional in order to ensure availability in the event of a power outage. All disaster-related occurrences that threaten the health, safety or welfare of patients must be reported to CDPH. Any facility impacted by an emergency or disaster-related occurrence that results in an evacuation, transfer or discharge of patients, must also report to CDPH. See the attached All Facilities Letter for guidelines on reporting, winter weather health tips for vulnerable populations and current weather watch warnings.