Hospital Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place Who Is Responsible for Decision-Making
McGinty, M., Burke, T., Barnett, D., et al. (2016). Hospital Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place: Who Is Responsible for Decision-Making? (Abstract only.) Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 10(3):320-324.
The authors of this article conducted semi-structured interviews with decision makers to understand reasoning behind making evacuation or shelter-in-place decisions during Hurricane Sandy (2012). They found that perceived authority among hospital executives and government officials was necessary for the decision maker to order evacuation, and there is a risk of inaction when government officials and hospital executives both view themselves as having this authority.