Lessons from Sandy — Preparing Health Systems for Future Disasters

Irwin Redlener, M.D., and Michael J. Reilly, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. note that it is essential to consider the health care delivery system and the public health infrastructure as an integrated whole in planning for, responding to, or recovering from large-scale disasters. Lessons learned are addressed in relation to Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned, Again

Drs. Redlener and Abramson discuss how the disciplines of medicine and public health can learn lessons, again, from Sandy: to develop more integrated systems, to practice and train together, and to build redundancy into everything, whether electronic medical records or generators or fuel pumps.