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October 30, 2020Taking Care

How to Use Canopies during a Medical Emergency

When you think of a pop-up canopy event tent, you likely imagine fun outdoor events like picnics, carnivals, corporate events, weddings, and more. After all, event tents are the quintessential venue for outdoor events. The versatility of the canopy tent, however, lends itself to far more uses than simple outdoor gatherings. Many communities, hospitals, and disaster relief organizations utilize emergency pop-up tents to treat patients and disaster victims. When it comes to natural disasters and health crises, are you and your organization prepared? Having a medical canopy tent on-hand can help!

What Is a Medical Pop-Up Tent?

Simply put, a medical pop-up tent or medical emergency tent is generally a smaller-sized tent that can be set up in a variety of locations and weather conditions to assist hospitals and other medical organizations respond to a crisis and administering patient care outside of indoor confines.

While a few months ago many individuals and even many organizations likely didn’t fully comprehend the importance of emergency preparedness when it comes to administering patient care outside of hospitals, natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how vital it is to have backup options like pop up medical tents on stand-by for these instances.

Pop-Up Medical Tents Advantages

Pop-Up Medical Tents Advantages

What makes medical emergency tents a great tool to have on hand for hospitals and medical organizations? There are many advantages of these temporary outdoor shelters, including:

Easily Transportable

As opposed to its frame tent counterpart, the pop-up canopy tent has a great advantage in that it is lightweight, easy to set up and tear down, and extremely easy to transport between locations. The entire point of a medical tent is the ease-of-use, so you don’t want to be stuck with a tent that is too heavy and complicated to set up. Medical emergency tents are unique in that they can turn any outdoor space into a medical area in minutes, which is essential for emergency response and/or disaster relief.

Relatively Inexpensive

While a high-quality pop-up medical tent for sale isn’t going to be the cheapest purchase, it is a far more viable option than a hospital trying to rent or buy a venue, or even having to build outbuildings for medical care. In a medical emergency and/or natural disaster, resources are tight and a canopy medical tent is a far more cost-effective option than a more permanent brick and mortar solution.

Useable in Harsh Weather Conditions

Providing shelter is necessary whether responding to a medical emergency or natural disaster, both for victims and medical staff. No one can provide patient care in blistering heat or downpour rain, and pop-up canopy tents can provide a surprising amount of safety and coverage in poor weather. While not as substantial as a brick and mortar building, canopy tents can be quite sturdy and appropriate for harsh conditions.

Canopy tent buying tip: When it comes to providing shelter from rain and other conditions, ensure you’re purchasing a canopy tent for sale with a vetted manufacturer that uses high-quality tent materials. It’s essential to purchase a medical tent that will truly provide shelter, and only the best materials will ensure protection and can hold up for multiple uses against poor weather.

At American Tent, for example, our canopy tent is made with Anti-Oxide aluminum alloy, as well as PVC-coated canopy tent canvas to ensure our canopy tent is waterproof and flame retardant. With high-quality materials like these, you can ensure a safe experience for your patients and medical staff, no matter how many times the tent is used and what weather conditions it is put through.

Easy Sanitization

Working quickly and being able to get through various patients in a short amount of time is vital to responding to medical emergencies and natural disasters, but sanitization puts a big damper on this process. Especially in the cases of COVID-19, everything must be extremely sanitary and cleaned regularly, usually multiple times a day. This can be extremely difficult and taxing in a physical location, but not as hard with a canopy tent. Because of the waterproof canvas that can easily be hosed-down, and waterproof aluminum easy to sanitize, canopy tents provide sanitary venues that are very easy to keep clean for every patient and healthcare worker. 


Last but not least, pop-up canopy tents are simple to customize. You want to stand out in a crown and ensure your patients can accurately find the right location of your tent, which is why customization can be so vital. By adding your hospital insignia or logo to your emergency canopy tent canvas, hospital staff, patients, and volunteers can easily identify your location and services. At American Tent, we work one-on-one with our medical clients to personalize their tents add custom logos and designs to their tent canvas to assist with this customization process, and ensure every product is uniquely made for our clients, and your patients.

Canopy Tent Uses in Emergency Situations

medical canopy tents

Like many other event tents, medical canopy tents can be used in a variety of ways for hospitals to provide unique patient care. While there is no extensive list or cap on how many ways hospitals and medical organizations can utilize medical emergency tents, here are the most popular ways canopy tents have been used in the past to respond to medical emergencies and natural disasters:

Medical Testing

As we have seen in 2020 with COVID-19, providing medical testing locations has never been more prevalent or more important. Pop-up canopy tents work well for medical testing for many reasons. Multiple pop-up canopy tents can be set up in a general area to provide a large testing area that flows well and gets patients through the testing as quickly and safely as possible.

Admin/Check-in Area

Canopy tents also make wonderful check-in areas as the first step in medical testing and other medical processes. Even in cases when physical locations are available to be used in emergencies, they can quickly become overcrowded and difficult to keep organized and succinct. Canopy tents can mean the difference between chaos and a calm, organized system, all by using a tent as a first-stop check-in point. This not only keeps healthcare staff calm and able to assist patients in a calm matter but makes the entire process faster and safer.

Festival/Large Event Medical Tent

Not all medical tents have to be used for medical emergencies. In fact, when was the last large event you went to? Perhaps it was a music festival or county fair; no matter what kind of event, there was most likely a medical tent on the premises. When there is a large gathering of people, someone is bound to get hurt or need medical attention, and pop up canopy tents have long been the answer to proving sound medical care at large outdoor events that don’t have any other shelter options.

Temporary Shelter

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Natural disasters have the potential to leave hundreds to thousands of individuals potentially or permanently without their homes, which is the last problem anyone wants to have while there is still a natural disaster to worry about. Canopy tents can provide immediate temporary shelter to families and individuals displaced by a natural disaster, if only for a night or two.

Tip: If planning to use a pop-up canopy tent as a temporary shelter, it is important to remember sidewalls for your tent! Sidewalls are canvas panels made to easily be added to your main canopy and provide additional shelter and privacy to your canopy tent. This will help keep out more harsh weather conditions, and will also provide much-needed shelter to individuals and families in need. 

Triage Shelter

In large medical emergencies and natural disasters, there isn’t time to wait for first responders to get individuals to hospitals. In cases when healthcare staff needs to administer medical care immediately, medical emergency tents help make this a possibility. Injuries can be treated in a basic manner in the emergency tent before the patient is brought to a hospital, which can be the difference between life and death in many situations.


While no one can be truly ready for a medical emergency or large natural disasters, there are many steps hospitals and medical organizations can take to ensure they are prepared when the time comes. By having a pop-up canopy tent on hand, many lives can be saved in times of need.

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