In California, wildfires are a perennial hazard threatening urban and rural areas alike. When dealing with area-wide wildfires and evacuating residents, a Memorandum of Understanding with an appropriate, pre-approved long-term care facility outside of your region can save time, money, and most importantly, the lives of residents.

     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.