Discussion – week 8

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    Rachel Vargo

    I would fund better disaster planning because this would solve many problems that the Memorial staff and patients faced during and after Katrina. This would include things like specific evacuation plans, more practically placed generators, and regular hurricane drills to adequately prepare everyone. If they would have had other hospitals ready to take their patients prior to Katrina, they would have never been faced with the thought of euthanasia or had so many patients and family members suffering for days. Having generators below sea level was an incredibly dumb decision that should have been realized years earlier, as they often experienced hurricanes in New Orleans and flooding was not out of the ordinary. Despite the fact that one thing after another seemed to go wrong, I definitely think the common denominator and primary cause of all their issues in the book was lack of disaster planning.

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