On the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, NFPA Journal takes a look at evacuations and emergency preparedness at health care facilities

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Nov 4, 2013

Superstorm SandyThe impact from Superstorm Sandy was as widespread as the storm itself, which wreaked havoc along most of the U.S. eastern seaboard. A year later, communities are still trying to bounce back, and firefighters on the scene have attempted--somewhat unsuccessfully--to put the the past behind them.

Despite these dire outcomes, there have been some bright spots. Following the incident last year, NFPA Journal took a look at emergency procedures at hospitals impacted by the storm and discovered some surprising finds, including a concerted push for preparedness at these facilities. Moreover, the latest edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities, has reinforced provisions that help identify hazard vulnerabilities and organize an emergency operations plan.

“Some of the encouraging things I’ve seen [in  hospitals affected by Sandy] is that in some situations where a facility  lost power, they didn’t have to evacuate because they had plans in  place for that event,” Chad Beebe, director of codes and standards  for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and a member  of NFPA's Health Care Facilities Committee, told NFPA Journal.

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