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Follow these tips for before, during, after next big storm

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August 25, 2019

By John Palmer (johnpalmer@palmereditorial.com)

Well, as the quick formation of tropical storm Barry in July showed, you can't relax. Hurricanes, especially the monster storms, have taught American hospitals some big lessons, and if you haven’t put those lessons into your resiliency plan, then you’re behind the game. For an example, just look to New Orleans.

It’s been 14 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area on August 29, 2005 as a Category 3 storm, which may not have been a big problem for the city’s medical facilities in normal circumstances. But when 53 of the city’s protective levees failed, almost 80% of New Orleans was left underwater—sending citizens scrambling to rooftops to escape the ?oodwaters.

Well, as the quick formation of tropical storm Barry in July showed, you can't relax. Hurricanes, especially the monster storms, have taught American hospitals some big lessons, and if you haven’t put those lessons into your resiliency plan, then you’re behind the game.



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