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8 key steps to take to prepare for a natural disaster
With organizations dependent on data now more than ever, IT executives must be ready for hurricanes, earthquakes and other events that can take information systems offline. In 2011, a tornado destroyed Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. Here, the organization shares its experiences in recovering IT and other operations.
Natural disaster devastates Mercy
Mercy Hospital experienced one of the ultimate disasters on May 22, 2011, when the facility was incapacitated by an EF5 tornado. The facility took a direct hit—its roof was pulled off, windows and walls were blown out causing significant internal damage to the structure of the building, and on-site emergency generators were destroyed. A complete loss of communication immediately disrupted patient care.