Evacuating frail, elderly people during a hurricane

September 13, 2017

Associate Professor David Dosa reports “Any time an older individual is exposed to a natural disaster like a hurricane, they end up having adverse events, whether that is mortality, death, or hospitalizations.” 

Professor Dosa looked at the cases of more than 36,000 nursing home residents living in areas hit by four major hurricanes: Katrina and Rita in 2005, and Gustav and Ike in 2008.

“The research that we conducted in Louisiana and Texas after four of the hurricanes in 2005 and 2008 showed that there was an increased mortality among those that evacuated compared to those that sheltered in place,” said Dosa, who published his findings in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.