Hospital Preparedness Program
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is a federally-funded initiative that enhances the ability of Riverside County’s health care system to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, whether naturally occurring or man-made.
Under HPP, the State allocates funds to counties along with guidance to reach certain critical benchmark requirements: surge capacity planning, medical evacuation/shelter in place planning, expansion of healthcare facility surge capacity including planning for government authorized alternate care sites (ACS), interoperable communication systems, bed tracking, disaster healthcare volunteers and fatality management planning. Other program priorities include: pharmaceutical caches, personal protective equipment, decontamination NIMS compliance, training and exercises.
Healthcare Disaster Preparedness Committees
- Eastern Riverside Emergency Council (EREC)
- Western Riverside Emergency Council (WREC)
- Bioterrorism Advisory Committee (BTAC)
Training and Exercises
HPP offers Riverside County healthcare staff various emergency response trainings, such as:
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, & Explosive (CBRNE) Threats
- First Receiver Awareness /First Responder Operations (FRA/FRO) Decontamination
- Hospital Incident Command System (Incident Command System 100, 200, 300, 400 & 700
- METI Man
- Patient Tracking System
- Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)
- Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
These trainings ensure standardization of equipment and competency-based instruction for health care personnel responding to a terrorist incident or other public health emergency. Calendar of Upcoming Training.