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Hurricane Irene Sets Hospitals Scrambling to Prepare

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 26, 2011

Straus said the system's emergency center is up and running for about 11 hours a day. That will extend to 24 hours beginning Saturday. He said his team is preparing for power disruptions – the system will use generators – that could extend through Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

North Shore-LIJ has hospitals in three municipalities. That means Strauss must connect with three different governments for electricity and other emergency services.

Although the system has assessed it needs in terms of supplies, linens and food Strauss said there are storage issues. He will try to coordinate deliveries as close as possible to when the supplies, etc. will be needed.

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Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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