Hurricane Sandy forced the evacuation of several hospitals when their backup generators failed, but it is crucial for healthcare facilities to ensure the continuity of their operations and quality of care before, during, and after extreme weather events. The White House is releasing a guide and toolkit [http://toolkit.climate.gov/sites/default/files/SCRHCFI Best Practices Report final2 2014 Web.pdf] to increase the resilience of healthcare facilities in response to climate impacts. Suggestions include siting emergency rooms away from flood zones, backup plans for electricity generation and water supply, and road planning to make sure doctors and nurses can get to the hospital in an emergency.

August 24, 2016

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