In May 2019, the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency executed a contract with Powered for Patients to lead a multi-phase emergency power resilience initiative focused on critical healthcare facilities that will span a four-year period.
The comprehensive Los Angeles County project will encompass an emergency power resilience assessment, development of new protocols to better safeguard emergency power and expedite prioritized power restoration, creation of a training component and ultimately development and coordination of exercises to test existing and new protocols.
The initial phase of work will involve the evaluation of existing protocols used by government officials, utilities and healthcare facility leaders when addressing threats to emergency power at critical healthcare facilities during power outages.
As part of its phase one work, Powered for Patients will work with Los Angeles County officials to inventory all generators and generator fuel owned or contracted by local, county and state agencies that can be deployed to assist an impacted healthcare facility during power outages. This review will also assess opportunities to align deployment protocols across government agencies to expedite generator and generator fuel deployment from local, county, state and federal caches.
Phase one will also involve a review of current practices by hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and large dialysis providers in maintaining and testing emergency power systems along with an assessment of these facilities’ response protocols when emergency power is threatened.
Phase one will also leverage a separate Powered for Patients initiative funded by the Department of Homeland Security to leverage advanced fault detection and automated reporting technology used by a growing number of Los Angeles County hospitals to enable near real time reporting of threats to emergency power.
Phase one work will culminate with the development of a report highlighting findings and recommendations to better safeguard emergency power and expedite prioritized power restoration.
Phase two will involve the creation of a Los Angeles county playbook on safeguarding emergency power and expediting prioritized power restoration for critical healthcare facilities. This playbook will detail the responsibilities of key stakeholders before, during and after disasters in safeguarding emergency power and expediting prioritized power restoration.
The initiative’s final phases will involve the development of training resources and the creation and implementation of exercises to test protocols developed during earlier phases.