Sandy Exposed Hospitals’ Lack of Disaster Preparedness


Kim Bondy was in New Orleans seven years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and scores of patients died in flooded hospitals cut off from power. She never thought that she might face that danger herself. But on Monday night, as superstorm Sandy submerged parts of New York City, Bondy was one of 215 patients evacuated from New York University’s Langone Medical Center after basement flooding from the East River cut off its electricity.

“Knowing everything that happened in New Orleans hospitals, I’m thinking, ‘I am not going to be that story,’” said Bondy, 46, a New Orleans resident who was hospitalized in New York over the weekend with a blocked intestine. “Did you not pay attention to what we learned from Katrina?”

See Sandy Exposed Hospitals’ Lack of Disaster Preparedness by Sharon Begley for Insurance Journal.

 

 

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