All eyes on the Eastern seaboard are on Hurricane Matthew, which has already churned through western Haiti, and as of this writing, is heading toward Cuba. Our friends at FEMA have compiled a helpful list of safety tips -- what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which forced the emergency evacuation of three hospitals in the New York City area, there was much focus on ensuring proper backup power and expedited power restoration for critical healthcare facilities.
In 2015, NFPA Journal® spoke with Eric Cote, one of the founders of Powered for Patients, an initiative to protect patient health when power supplies were compromised. Read the interview, which includes Mr. Cote's take that hospitals and utilities can do much more to work together before a disaster to help avoid a loss of power, and also to expedite the restoration of power.
Also see: Checklists for facility managers on safeguarding emergency power supply systems before, during and after disasters. The checklists are excerpted from FEMA Document P-1019: Emergency Power Systems for Critical Facilities: A Best Practices Approach to Improving Reliability.
More about a recent U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling that >hospitals, transplant centers, critical access hospitals and long-term care facilities carefully evaluate their emergency and standby power systems.