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Public Health Emergency Preparedness

This resource was part of AHRQ's Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011, in a realignment of Federal efforts.

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Alternative Care Site Selection Matrix Tool

The Alternative Care Site Selection Matrix can also be downloaded as an Excel file (774 KB). Web Version.

Alternative Care Site Selection Matrix

Factors Potential Sites
Aircraft Hangers Churches Community or Recreation Centers Conval-
escent Care Facilities
tion Facilities
Fair- grounds Govern-
ment Build-
Hotels/ Motels Meet-
ing Halls
Military Facil-
National Guard Armories Same Day Surgical Centers/ Clinics Schools Sports Facilities/ Stadiums Trailers/ Tents (Military and other) Other
Doors/corridors adequate size for gurneys                                
Loading dock                                
Parking for staff and visitors                                
Toilet facilities/ showers (#)                                
Total Space and Layout  
Auxiliary spaces (Rx, counselors, chapel)                                
Equipment/supply storage area                                
Family area                                
Food supply and prep area                                
Lab specimen handling area                                
Mortuary holding area                                
Patient decontamination areas                                
Pharmacy area                                
Staff areas                                
Air conditioning                                
Electrical power (backup?)                                
Water (hot?)                                
(# phones, local/long distance, intercom)
Two-way radio capability to main hospital                                
Wired for IT and internet access                                
Other Services  
Ability to lock down facility                                
Accessibility/ proximity to public transportation
Biohazard and other waste disposal                                
Ownership/other uses during disaster                                
Oxygen delivery capability
Proximity to main hospital                                
Total Rating/ Ranking
(Largest number indicates best site)

Rating System

Rating Rating Significance
5 Equal to or same as hospital.
4 Similar to that of a hospital, but has SOME limitations (i.e. quantity/condition).
3 Similar to that of a hospital, but has some MAJOR limitations (i.e. quantity/condition).
2 Not similar to that of a hospital, would take modifications to provide.
1 Not similar to that of a hospital, would take MAJOR modifications to provide.
0 Does not exist in this facility or is not applicable to this event.

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