All the planning and precaution in the world can’t overcome the unpredictability of Mother Nature, a disabled infrastructure and the failure of emergency backup power, according to an article on the Huffington Post website.
As the storms approach, each healthcare facility must make difficult decisions between evacuating patients and staff and riding it out.
During the storms, medical facilities face critical issues in trying to keep their patients not only alive, but also well cared for. Shortages of food, water, medicine and power can turn very bad very quickly.
Getting medical support to areas hit by natural disasters can be formidable. The need for support for medical personnel, supplies and treatment carries on for months until the area stabilizes.