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State of California—Health and Human Services Agency
California Department of Public Health

AFL 17-06
March 13, 2017

General Acute Care Hospitals
Acute Psychiatric Hospitals
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospitals
Congregate Living Health Facilities
Correctional Treatment Facilities
Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF) ICF for the Developmentally Disabled (DD)
ICF/DD – Habilitative
ICF/DD – Nursing

Reporting Emergency or Disaster-Related Occurrences

All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary

This AFL corrects and updates information sent in AFL 06-27, issued on December 8, 2006.

Licensing regulations require facilities to report all emergency and or disaster-related occurrences that threaten welfare, safety, or health of patients, to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Center for Health Care Quality (CHCQ) Licensing and Certification (L&C) Program.

In the event an emergency or disaster-related occurrence impacts your facility and results in an evacuation, transfer, or discharge of patients, you must contact your local L&C district office. Please follow these guidelines for reporting such occurrences:


During normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)​ ​
​ ​Contact the local L&C district office you customarily work with for your geographic location.
​ ​For after-hours reporting or if the local L&C district office is non-operational due to an emergency and or disaster
​For facilities outside Los Angeles County​Contact the State Office of Emergency Services Warning Center at (916) 845-8911. Ask that they notify the CDPH duty officer.
​ For facilities in Los Angeles County​Contact the Los Angeles County Operator at (213) 974-1234. Ask that they notify the on-call Health Facilities Inspection Division supervisor.


If you have any questions regarding the content of this AFL, please contact your respective L&C district office. Thank you for your cooperation.



Original signed by Scott Vivona

for Jean Iacino
Deputy Director

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