Surge Capacity

Surge Capacity refers to the ability of the health care system to convert quickly from their normal operation of services to a significantly increased capacity in order to serve an influx of patients during an emergency.  An effective surge capacity plan involves all the health care resources in a community, including long-term care providers. The facility EOP should also address the important issue of evacuation and surge capacity. The following are pertinent materials and guidelines.


     Established in September 2006, with the help of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and with funding through the Federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), the California Association of Health Facilities' Disaster Preparedness Program (CAHF-DPP) supports the integration of Long-Term Care (LTC) into disaster planning and response efforts throughout the state of California. 


     CAHF's Disaster Preparedness Program is designed to take an all hazards approach and has several aspects: education, facilitation of planning efforts, development of resources and tools, and state-level advocacy for long-term care.