Evacuate or Stay? North Shore LIJ and Hurricane Sandy
Case Summary: Those from the New Jersey/New York area will remember Hurricane Sandy which made landfall in October 2012 causing widespread devastation including flooding, power outages, storm surges and more. In the midst of that, local hospitals had to make an important decision: do they evacuate patients—an expensive, labor-heavy, and physically-demanding ask of patients, or stay put and put patients at risk of being stranded or worse. This case looks at the decision making process involved. Directions: Carefully read the assigned case study and answer the assigned questions for the case. 1) Should Romagnoli and Solazzo order the evacuation of North Shore—-LIJ”s three flood—prone hospitals in advance of Hurricane Sandy or allow them to shelter—-in—-place? Why or why not? List the pros and cons of ordering an evacuation. (note: this question should take up majority of your response) 2) Should the government and media play a more prominent role in helping hospital systems prepare for hurricanes? 3) If you’ve carried out an evacuation without incident, does that make you more inclined to choose that option a second time? Conversely, if you carried out an evacuation and the storm weakened or resulted in no damage, would you be less inclined to choose that option again? Page Limit: Writing short papers is an executive and essential skill. In real-world situations, word limit is not as important as page limits. Accordingly, your submission should be no more than 4 pages, double-spaced, APA format, 1” margins on all sides in 12 point font. You are more than welcome to have appendices to the case assignment (that will not count towards the 4 page limit), but appendices are limited to presenting data or diagrams; the paper’s text should stand on its own. Any response that goes over 4 pages will automatically be given a 0. Lastly, please refrain from collecting information from outside sources about the company in the case study. You are expected to make decisions based on only the information available in the case.