This health care-themed issue includes features on barrier separations in hospitals and other health care occupancies, and on a new book detailing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on a New Orleans hospital. Our cover story examines the usefulness—and the potential pitfalls—of social media during large-scale emergencies.
As the public increasingly turns to social tools during emergencies, emergency planners and first responders must integrate comprehensive social media plans into their communications strategies.
Problems related to improper fire and smoke barriers are among the top deficiencies in health care facilities across the United States. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your facility complies.
In her remarkable new book, Five Days at Memorial, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink takes a close look at a hospital’s life-anddeath struggle during Hurricane Katrina.
Last spring, a fire in an office building in La Farge, Wisconsin, provided a cautionary tale about the risks of fighting fires in structures built with sustainable construction materials.
Sprinkler protection in the MRI room.
Disagreement exists over a proposal to increase the size of smoke compartments in hospitals
Why provisions are different for health care facilities.
Planning your system testing and maintenance needs to reduce health care facility costs.
Finding common ground among the first responder community, regardless of the uniforms we wear.
How do we manage information so that useful data can be integrated into firefighters’ job performance before, during, and after a fire?
Addressing the behaviors of older people that can lead to falls.
Molly Mowery reflects on the Fire Adapted Community message: Making sure that communities are prepared so that fewer resources are needed to protect them.
The year behind, the year ahead.
Ken Peterson and Scott McLellan discuss their efforts to expand the use of residential sprinklers in Minnesota.
New signage commemorates the site of the Cocoanut Grove Fire.
Smoking material fire damages apartment building.
Disaster in the Gulf of Tonkin.