Becker's Healthcare September 29, 2022
A study published as Hurricane Ian makes its way through Florida found that at least 50 percent of hospitals in 25 metropolitan areas along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are at risk of flooding from a Category 2 hurricane.
The study, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, is the first to systematically investigate hospitals’ flooding risk from storms in Categories 1 to 4. It was published Sept. 29, one day after Hurricane Ian made landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida as a Category 4 storm.
Researchers identified 682 acute care hospitals in 78 metropolitan areas located within 10 miles of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, covering a population just under 85 million...