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A local health department's all hazards emergency response plan needs
to acknowledge that incidents may occur that will exceed the locality's
ability to respond. It is important to identify indicators that an
event could exceed the ordinary capacity, and possibly surge capacity,
of the LHD so that higher order support can be promptly sought.
documents from the Pima County Health Department identify surge
indicators for its locality. They include concrete, quantitative
indicators for when local surge capacity could be overwhelmed.
documents were submitted for Measure 1 of a 2010 Project Public Health
Ready application and can be used as an example by future applicants.