How did the event impact the hospital and health community? What steps could have been taken to better prepare?

Research one of the following incidents.

  • Hurricane Andrew
  • The Northridge Earthquake
  • The 2001 postal anthrax attacks
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • The Joplin Tornado
  • The Tuscaloosa Tornado (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQbACBXWCG0 for a fascinating first person account)
  • Superstorm Sandy
  • The 2014 Ebola outbreak

How did the event impact the hospital and health community? What steps could have been taken to better prepare? To better respond? Does your institution or workplace have a continuity of operations (COOP) plan? Do you test it regularly?