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Hospitals

Hospitals play an essential role in planning for and responding to the needs of New Yorkers during a citywide public health emergency. Here you will find information, tools and resources to improve hospital mitigation, response, and recovery during emergencies.


Surge Capacity

Patient Surge in Disasters: A Hospital Toolkit for Expanding Resources in Emergencies

The ability of a hospital to take in more patients during a public health emergency is critical. This set of tools provides step-by-step instructions for assessing and documenting surge staffing, facility and supply needs. Also included are implementation strategies, timelines and forms that can be adapted to the size and services of any hospital.

  • Introduction: Overview of the Patient Surge in Disasters: A Hospital Toolkit for Expanding Resources in Emergencies suite of DOHMH surge tools and templates.

  • Bed Surge Capacity Expansion Tool (BSCET): Designed to assist hospital administrators and emergency managers prepare for and respond to unexpected increases in patient volume by pre-identifying expansion opportunities in existing clinical and non-clinical areas.

  • Rapid Discharge Tool (RDT): Assists hospital administrators and emergency managers in preparing for and responding to unexpected increases in patient volume by providing them with adaptable plans for rapid discharge based on promising bed surge capacity practices.

  • Rapid Patient Discharge Assessment (RPDA): Assists hospitals in evaluating potential discharges and how patients’ post-discharge care needs are met.

  • Emergency Department Capacity Expansion Tool (EDCET): Assists emergency planners in creating hospital-specific plans that identify and support expansion areas within and (preferably) nearby the Emergency Department.

  • Intensive Care Unit Capacity Expansion Tool (ICUCET): Assists identification and creation of additional staffed and supported critical care beds during immediate and sustained phases of public health emergencies.


To obtain modifiable tools and templates, please contact healthcareprep@health.nyc.gov.


Mass Casualty Planning

Preparing for Burn, Trauma and Mass Casualty Incidents

  • NYS Department of Health Regional Burn Centers: The New York State Trauma Program, housed within the NYS Department of Health- Bureau of Emergency Medical Services along with the statewide EMS System, regulates and assures high quality trauma care to seriously injured patients.

  • NYS Department of Health Trauma Centers: These are the centers that are currently designated by New York State as trauma centers. EMS delivers patients meeting trauma center criteria to these hospitals.

  • Integrated Explosive Event and Mass Casualty Event Response Plan Template: This guide was the final product of a collaborative effort between GNYHA, their Critical Care Advisory Group, and the DOHMH.  The Guide provides a framework for a  hospital disaster response system that improves coordination and integration of the ED, ICU, Radiology, and Trauma Surgery when presented with an influx of patients.  It coordinates the ICS response and outlines the critical actions each unit should undertake.

Pediatric Preparedness

Preparing to meet the needs of children in a disaster



Pediatric Preparedness Resources

Please visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for important topics and approaches to improved pediatric preparedness.


Chemical Emergencies

Learn about how hospitals can be better prepared for chemical emergencies.

Decontamination Recommendations and Protocols

The following documents should be considered for discussion and development purposes only. They may offer new, yet unproven, ideas and solutions to disaster planning activities. Each hospital or network that has submitted documents acknowledges that all preparedness planning tools are in constant revision.

Radiological Emergencies

Learn more about how hospitals can be better prepared for radiological emergencies.


Radiological Resources


Disaster Mental Health

Learn how to cope with stressful and traumatic events. The stress from unexpected emergencies can be overwhelming, but if we are mentally and emotionally prepared, we can manage better. Learn more to understand what you can do to cope with disasters and other stressful and traumatic events.

NOTE: The development of these materials was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number TP000546 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Any commercial use of these materials is strictly prohibited.