Choosing Alternate Facilities in Disaster

December 2009

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering two online tools to help locate alternate health care facilities when hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed or unable to function due to hurricanes, floods, or other disasters. The Disaster Alternate Care Facilities Selection Tool helps users select alternate sites, such as schools, community centers, or health clubs, that can be set up as health care facilities when needed. The Alternate Care Facility Patient Selection Tool matches a patient who needs to be transferred with an appropriate facility in another area. The tools are available at


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