New in EHP: Hospitals and Climate Change: Can they survive tomorrow's disasters to stay open when we need them most?
My latest feature for EHP covers climate resilience in health care facilities. When hurricanes, fire, flood, wind, or snow damage or close a hospital, current patients can be placed in harm's way and critical facilities incapacitated at the time they're needed most. We've seen it in New Orleans after Katrina, in New York City after Sandy, and in my Northern California backyard after the devastating fires of October 2017. That's why many hospitals and health-care associations are now pushing for facilities to to be designed to withstand potential disasters not only today but also decades in the future, when extreme-weather threats are likely to be more severe and less predictable due to climate change. Read more here.