There were many who died at the hands of Hurricane Katrina and shouldn't have. There was also something that should have died and did not — the inadequate readiness of many American hospitals for disasters. Years after the retreating waters of the Gulf Coast left the wreckage of inadequate disaster planning at several New Orleans hospitals exposed, Hurricane Sandy did the same along the New York and New Jersey coasts. Similar disasters elsewhere have done the same since in other communities. In a disaster of disaster planning, patients at some New Orleans hospitals paid with their lives for that lack of preparation.