In addition, she says, disasters are traumatic experiences. “Patients are displaced, they can impact mental health, and physical function.” However, treatment delays are a factor that can be targeted with interventions, she says. For example, patients with this cancer who are likely to be affected by a disaster could be identified by hospitals and clinicians during the lead up to a predicted storm or during hurricane season. They might then be able to be transferred to another location, Nogueira says, or insurance companies could waive out-of-network costs. “We can implement interventions,” she says.