Major Incidents

Air medical teams from across the United States played a key role in rescuing trapped residents and evacuating patients stranded in New Orleans hospitals and at the Super­dome following severe flooding from Hurri­cane Katrina.
Major Incidents

Rescuers are frequently directed to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of operation
Major Incidents

When I awoke on Saturday morning and turned on the TV, I heard a news reporter explain that Hurricane Katrina, what was once a Category I hurricane that had crossed south Florida with minimal damage early in the week, was gaining steam and expected to hit land right over New Orleans as a Category IV or V—a tremendously powerful hurricane, she said, capable of great destruction and death throughout south Louisiana. I don’t know what possessed me, but I decided to stay behind to help the sick and injured in New Orleans.
Communications & Dispatch

New Orleans EMS crews were forced to operate in a non-existent incident command environment and without communications with their personnel throughout the first four days of the incident.