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Closing a hospital is an extreme action, but several hospitals in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina did just that before the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Following the widespread power outages in the aftermath of the storm, there were reports of hospitals running on backup generators.

With more than 300 hospitals and a higher share of older adults than any other state, emergency plans for Florida’s hospitals were a critical issue facing emergency planners.

As a professor of urban planning, I have studied emergency planning and evacuation and also co-authored an extensive report on how hospitals coped with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Gustav. Hospitals plan for catastrophic events, but there are always lessons to be learned.

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Image: By FEMA/Mark Wolfe – This image is from the FEMA Photo Library., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=313661

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