Actually, the whole question depends on what your Major Incident Management System is like.
What system are you using?
Are you debating about the set-up of triage of patients who have already been stabilised for transport at the scene, or are they simply sent to the hospital from the scene?
There are a number of models currently in use by different nations.
In one country the pattern is generally to transport casualties from the scene, after performing Scene Triage, to nearby EDs and have Triage happen there again, then treatment.
The NATO model (although not all NATO countries have yet set it up for themselves) is for a Casualty Clearing Station to be set up near the scene. Casualties are triaged at scene (Primary), then have a Secondary triage and stabilisation treatment at this station before being sent to the hospitals.
I guess that you are describing a model like the former one.
Not that it would never happen even where the other system is in place. If the incident is really near the ED...
Does the hospital in question not have any space within the building or in an adjacent building which is inside and away from the weather? A lobby? A dining hall? An education centre with large flat floor area (not sloping) and loose chairs?
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