Benefits of Membership

The SDHDC has various opportunities for healthcare organizations to participate in preparedness/response activities, learn about regional risks and best practices.

Members will have access to the following activities:

  • Monthly Coalition meetings
  • Regular disaster communication drills
  • Training
  • Exercises and tabletop support
  • Local connection to the County
  • Technical Assistance
  • Access to surge supplies

Members will have access to the SDHDC SharePoint site that contains valuable resources, training, important links and documents for any preparedness, response, planning, and recovery activities.

How to Become a Member

Coalition members that previously received, and still possess, equipment, or supplies to support their preparedness activities can enter into formal agreements with San Diego County. These agreements may address mutual assistance during response to a disaster.

All coalition members benefit from the tools, trainings, exercises, and expertise that are part of the overall collaboration of the healthcare partners with the goal of improving preparedness for disaster events in the County.

Every facility/agency which considers itself part of the Coalition must adhere to the policies and rules of the Coalition as outlined on the Commitment to Participate,

  • Attend a minimum of 4 of SDHDC meetings annually.
  • Participate in disaster/emergency trainings, drills, and exercises appropriate to their facility or agency.
  • Provide up to date disaster contact information for the PHPR disaster communication database.
  • Complete the vulnerable population facility or agency disaster survey if applicable.
  • Provide input and expertise when it is requested to develop or improve disaster response plans for the city or county areas (including but not limited to participation in at least one subcommittee as deemed necessary).
  • Respond in a timely fashion to all information requests from the MOC or EOC including Essential Elements forms.
  • Regular participation in Coalition meetings
  • Includes attendance from multiple representatives of the same organization
  • Attend at least 4 Coalition meetings per year
  • Participate in bringing questions or information to the Coalition
  • Not a participant on Advisory Committee, Workgroup or Subcommittee
  • Access to the SharePoint site for most of the resources and information
  • Access is revoked after 6 consecutive months of non-activity

Who Can Become a Member

In compliance with ASPR-HPP guidance the SDHDC includes the following Core Members:

  • Acute Care In-patient Hospitals
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Hospital Association
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Public Health Services

Other members may include:

  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • American Red Cross
  • ARES
  • Behavioral Health Representative (County and NGO or private or County funded)
  • Blood Bank
  • Business Entities
  • Department of Environmental Health
  • Department of Social Services
  • Dialysis
  • Federal and State Partners
  • Fire
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospices
  • Infectious Disease, Epidemiology (County, Hospital)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Long Term Care Providers/Facilities
  • Military
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Outpatient providers including health care centers and community clinics
  • Pharmacy
  • Polinsky Center or other Pediatric entities (YMCA-child care facilities)
  • San Diego County Dispatch
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Tribal Entities