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Looking beyond direct patient care needs, Seton also gave special attention to IT and communications infrastructure in its board room, ensuring it can quickly meet their needs as an incident command center.—Greg Euston, vice president, healthcare project executive, JE Dunn Construction (Austin, Texas)

As the entry point for a hospital’s response to many types of crisis scenarios, emergency departments must develop disaster preparedness plans that go beyond natural disasters and utility failures to include events such as biological, chemical, or nuclear exposures; outbreaks and epidemics; and mass casualties.

Like other design and construction decisions, organizations should assess the types and likelihood of various disaster scenarios in order to balance preparedness with risk management and budgetary considerations. Then, design and construction partners must work to deliver projects that support ED operations during both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances.

While the specifics will vary from facility to facility, here are some general steps to consider in this process.