“Now, more than ever, hospitals must reevaluate [their] procedures and redefine preparation.” That’s the message from the California Hospital Association (CHA) as it heads into its annual Disaster Planning Conference, appropriately themed, “The New Norm: Adjusting Our Strategies.” The conference, which is the only statewide one developed for and by California hospitals, is scheduled for September 10-11, 2019. It will be held at the Pasadena Conference Center.

CHA believes that once rare or infrequent events such as wildfires, earthquakes and mudslides, have become regular occurrences, and that no two disasters are ever the same. It also believes that advanced preparation is an absolute essential. Planning ahead translates to limited business disruption, personnel safety, maintained data integrity, and established responsibilities during and following a disaster event.

Among the many relevant topics to be addressed during the annual conference are health care resiliency, climate change, pediatric surge plans, accreditation, and ethics. And, among the many exhibitors that attendees can expect to see is Tennessee-based BOLDplanning. BOLDplanning is the preeminent developer of online solutions for emergency Operations Planning (EOP), Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP), Business Continuity Planning (BCP), and Hazard Mitigation.

Like CHA, BOLDplanning knows it is time for health care organizations to rethink their strategies for communication, compliance, and everything in between in order to prepare for the “new normal.” And, the new normal, unfortunately, doesn’t appear to be for California alone. The entire nation seems to be experiencing more disasters, and consequently, its health care organizations, health care coalitions, and others, need to be as well prepared as possible.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend the CHA Disaster Planning Conference, but are interested in the content, don’t worry. This year’s event will also be livestreamed. Visit www.calhospital.org/disaster-planning for the details.