Mercy Joplin hospital is an iconic example of the devastation that can be inflicted by a tornado strike or other natural disaster. How far to go with hardening is a question facing many owners of health care facilities. The panel will explore the choices made at Joplin to recover and move forward and look at the options available to facilities for hardening building systems. This session will enable attendees to:
Examine the dilemmas facing owners of health care facilities in areas where natural disasters are likely.
Identify current code and regulatory blind spots.
Discuss issues related to operational continuity.
Assess currently available storm hardening building system choices.