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This article describes how contingency planning should be multi-faceted and involve a robust health command structure. This structure should provide the facility with the capability to expand critical care provision in terms of space, equipment, staff, and cohorting of affected patients in the early stages. The authors note that despite the expansion of critical care in the event of a pandemic, demand for services will likely exceed supply and a process for triage will need to be developed.