New York State public health system response to Hurricane Sandy: An analysis of emergency reports

Added August 15, 2018

Citation: Hilts A.S., Mack S., Eidson M., et al. New York state public health system response to Hurricane Sandy: An analysis of emergency reports. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 2016:10(3);308-13.

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Post-disaster emergency reports should be reviewed systematically as they better our understanding of successes and areas for improvement. Future work should focus on collecting feedback from a broad net of public health and service provide staff in order to improve planning of preparedness and response.

A qualitative analysis was carried on Hurricane Sandy emergency reports in order to assess the New York State public health system response. This review assessed 3 after-action reports and 48 situation reports. The most cited strength was successful emergency operations coordination (e.g. interagency conference calls), whereas the most cited challenge was environmental health protection (e.g. mold and oil spills). The local health department’s emergency operations coordination was both the most cited challenge and the most cited strength. Strength aspects included sharing local resources and challenges included insufficient memorandums of understanding for coordination.

 

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