Medical Planning and Response to Hurricanes
Hurricanes and typhoons are slowly developing disaster scenarios, thus, allowing the population, prehospital emergency response systems, and hospitals to prepare prior to storm impact (Fig. 24.1).
Prearrival and preparation phase: 1–7 days prior to impact
Hurricane impact phase: 12–48 hours
Posthurricane rescue and recovery phase: 1–4 weeks
During the prearrival phase, injuries are related to evacuation and preparation activities. Falls from ladders during window shutter installation, interpersonal violence, and motor vehicle crash-related injuries are prevalent.