Caitlin Connor Writing Assignment #1Hurricane Katrina that hit Memorial Hospital caused the hospital to have to make immediate decisions because few people were prepared for how bad it was going to be. People knew the storm was going to hit and should have prepared more for situations like this, especially hospitals, they are supposed to be the ones taking care of everyone; they are the place everyone “feels safe” during hard times like this big storm. They did not assess what the potential consequences of this storm could be and how it would affect how the hospital would be run. Susan Mulderick wrote up a 246-page document about what to do during Katrina (Fink 2009). The document included a lot of safety features, but failed to include information on how to deal with power failure throughout the entire hospital or how the hospital would evacuate its patients and workers if the streets were flooded (Fink 2009). This hospital was built on a low point in New Orleans and was three feet below sea level (Fink 2009). In the article it states that they noticed water leaking into the building during Hurricane Ivan in 2004 (Fink 2009). With water leaking in easily and the power of the storm, the hospital is easily restrained from doing what it needs to do; save lives. After this storm they had the opportunity to fix it, but they decided since it was too expensive they would make some less expensive improvements in the hospital, which weren’t enough to salvage the hospital during Katrina (Fink 2009).