Medical Planning and Response to Hurricanes

  • Shabnam Hafiz
  • Hahn Soe-LinEmail author


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).

A hurricane disaster passes through three distinct phases:
  • 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.


Progressive disaster Hurricanes Impact Hospital planning Recovery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ryder Trauma Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Department of SurgeryMiamiUSA

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