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Evacuate or shelter in place: A view from the water’s edge

Mark P. Jarrett, MD, MBA, MS, Ziv Schwartz, MHA, Mark Solazzo, MBA, Eugene Tangney, MBA


Hospitals are faced with the difficult decision as whether to evacuate their patients or shelter in place when a strong hurricane is predicted to affect the facility. This decision must balance for patients the risk of transport with the risk of staying. This article discusses the experience of a hospital faced with this problem in two consecutive years. The approach taken differed and the evaluation of the implications are discussed.


hurricane, hospital evacuation, shelter in place

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