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The Conversation: Too many rules and regs
Sacramento Bee

We definitely want hospitals to stay standing and stay open after a disaster – the calamity in Japan serves as a vivid reminder of that.

But if the goal is patient and public safety, why does state law focus so much on enduring earthquakes? Why aren’t requirements as stringent for hospitals to survive floods, for instance?

Wouldn’t it be logical for hospitals to spend limited money so they can withstand the disaster they’re most likely to face – whether it’s quakes in the Bay Area or flooding in Sacramento?