Crisis care trigger: The point at which the scarcity of resources requires a transition from contingency care to crisis care, implemented within and across the emergency response system. This marks the transition point at which resource allocation strategies focus on the community rather than the individual.

Non-scripted: A decision point that requires analysis and leads to implementation of non-scripted tactics.

Scripted trigger: A predefined decision point that can be initiated immediately upon recognizing a qualifying indicator. Scripted triggers lead to scripted tactics.

Uncertain data Data that require interpretation to determine appropriate triggers and tactics.


IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2012. Crisis standards of care: A systems framework for catastrophic disaster response. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 2013. Definition of “threshold.” Springfield, MA: Encyclopaedia Britannica. (accessed April 3, 2013).

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