From the Executive Summary: "Over the past 10 to 15 years, the U.S. has experienced disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the H1N1 pandemic, and other large-scale emergencies. It has become clear that medical surge is a major issue that must be addressed during such emergencies. The Florida Department of Health, therefore, has taken a number of steps to help local communities prepare for the operation of one medical surge solution, alternate care sites (ACS). Included are planning tools, online training modules, exercises, response resources, and guidelines such as this Alternate Care Site Operations Guide. This guide has been designed to serve as a planning and operational resource. Guides such as this are often hundreds of pages long; however, in order to make this guide most useful, it has been limited to the key concepts and practices for ACS operations. Additionally, to provide even more concise guidance, a 'Quick Start' guide has been added to the Appendix section to facilitate rapid implementation of an alternate care site."
Florida Department of Health
Florida Department of Health: http://www.floridahealth.gov/