Scripps actively and continually prepares for emergencies, utility failures, natural disasters, and other potential disruptions.
We work closely with federal, state and local governments, area businesses consortiums, community leaders and public safety agencies to ensure that we will be able to continue to care for patients as safely as possible during unplanned events.
Scripps is actively involved in disaster preparedness. In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Scripps Health established an office of disaster preparedness, which deploys the Scripps Medical Response Team in times of medical emergency.
Scripps’ dedicated Disaster Preparedness office assesses risk, coordinates training and plans for predictable disruptions. We take an “all-hazards” approach to emergency planning, which means our staff and policies are ready to act whether the unforeseen event is an earthquake, wildfire, utility failure, mass casualty event, environmental contamination, or epidemic.
We hold regular drills on a variety of scenarios in our individual facilities, and as a larger organization through regional, statewide and national preparedness exercises.
Members of the disaster preparedness team served in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the devastating 2007 Southern California wildfires.
Scripps is also a key supporter of the State of California’s mobile field hospital (MFH) program, which quickly deploys in disaster situations.