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Hospital Surge Capacity Toolkit

How to use toolkit

The Hospital Surge Capacity Toolkit is designed to give you easy access to all the documents you will need to create your local plan. Each document is available in its original format (Microsoft Word or Excel) as well as a PDF document.

Click on a chapter link below to view or download the narratives/tools. If you do not have Microsoft Office or PowerPoint on your computer, you will only be able to view documents as a PDF file using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can downloa​d it here​. The Acrobat Reader will allow you to view and print the documents, but you cannot edit or customize them.

Customizing the documents

The documents on the Hospital Surge Capacity Toolkit can be edited or customized to suit your specific requirements. To edit/customize a document, save it to your computer and open it with Microsoft Word or Powerpoint (you must have Microsoft Word and/or PowerPoint already installed on your computer). These documents can be opened and edited using either PC or Mac versions of the Microsoft software.

Many of the documents have fields where information can be inserted or spaces where information specific to your needs can be added. Most of the documents also have a bar graphic at the top of the page referencing the APC (Advanced Practice Center). This graphic can be removed if necessary, by going to the "View" menu in Microsoft Word and highlighting "Header and Footer". Once the "Header and Footer" view is accessed, you can select the graphic and delete it.

To order your own complimentary CD-ROM with the same documents, contact:

National Association of County and City Health Officials
Advanced Practice Center
1100 17th Street, NW, Second Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 783-5550
Fax: (202) 783-1583
E-mail: [email protected]

Or visit the NACCHO toolbox - a free, online collection of local public health tools produced by members of the public health community.


Additional resources
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)