Disaster Preparedness and Medication Administration

In 2012, Tropical Storm Sandy created a widespread outage covering Lower Manhattan and leaving over 250,000 people without power. During the outage, two high volume Manhattan hospitals, NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, experienced back-up generator failures that forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 patients. Nearly five years later, Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital and Florida Hospital at Connerton in Pasco County, FL experienced similar generator failures after hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Back-up generators are a key component of power loss prevention in many Emergency Operation Plans set by FEMA and other regulators. However, as the incidents described above demonstrate, managing and regulating generators to ensure reliability for emergencies remains a persistent challenge…

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