This latest story hits home because one rainy night in Pasadena, my hospital basement was flooded and it impacted our laboratory, pharmacy and some other departments. I met our maintenance staff there that night to assess the problem and find out why our pumps weren't working. I'll never forget standing on the ramp and looking down the hall at the water lapping up against the walls and doors as the rain continued to pour down outside. Thank goodness for the local fire department and their really big pumps!
We didn't have any blood to lose that night and if I remember correctly, our losses were minimal because our wonderful Department Heads recognized this vlunerablity and kept expensive and vital equipment, supplies and documents up high. So, if you are located in a basement, assess your storage and placement of priority equipment, supplies and documents and include them in your departmental hazard vlunerability analysis. Because, you never know when your first layer of defense (the pumps) will fail.