Friday September 22, 2017

Floods, fires, hurricanes and healthcare: How hospitals cope when disaster strikes

In this Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, photo provided by Trudy Lampson, residents of the La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, Texas, sit in waist-deep floodwaters caused by Hurricane Harvey. Authorities said all the residents were safely evacuated from the facility. (Trudy Lampson via Associated Press)

In this Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, photo provided by Trudy Lampson, residents of the La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson, Texas, sit in waist-deep floodwaters caused by Hurricane Harvey. Authorities said all the residents were safely evacuated from the facility. (Trudy Lampson via Associated Press)

Listen to Full Episode 36:15

As the Atlantic Hurricane season continues unabated White Coat, Black Art tells the story of how hospitals cope when natural disasters strike - and what they've learned about keeping patients safe. 

stories from this episode

  • houston

    Healthcare in a Hurricane

    Preparation is the key to surviving a crisis says Dr. Ericka Brown of Houston's Ben Taub Hospital. She was at the helm guiding her staff during Hurricane Harvey which flooded the city bringing it to a standstill. She shares what it took to navigate her hospital successfully through the storm.

    Listen 11:23
  • fire as seen behind Fort McMurray hospital

    Fort McMurray on fire: The beast was moving

    On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta and when the wind shifted, residents were forced to leave. That included over a 100 patients at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. Dr. David Matear tells us how they managed to do that and what lessons we can learn.

    Listen 9:24
  • Earthquake, tsunami strike Japan

    Lessons from Sendai

    As rescue efforts continue in Mexico after a major earthquake, it's a reminder of how vulnerable we are to natural disasters, particularly the frail and elderly. Earlier this year, Dr. Goldman visited the former site of a nursing home in Japan, where 43 residents as well as staff were killed in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The nursing home's director wanted to share the story of what happened that day, in the hopes others would learn from the tragedy.

    Listen 12:32