Disaster Medical Assistance Team PA-1 Strike Team, Hurricane Katrina   [open pdf - 586KB]

Alternate Title: DMAT PA-1 Strike Team, Hurricane Katrina

"This report is a consensus of all the members of the DMAT PA-1 [Disaster Management Assault Team Pennsylvania-1] Strike Team. It focuses primarily on ways to improve the use of Strike Teams in future operations, and was requested to be as detailed and specific as possible by Lew Raeder and Gary Lindbergh of FEMA. The PA-1 Strike Team was deployed to the Gulf coast of Mississippi, based with a full two-DMAT tent hospital at the closed Hancock Medical Center, and missions ranged from Pearlington along the Pearl River that forms the Louisiana/Mississippi border, to Pass Christian just west of Gulfport. Our area consisted of urban areas, rural areas, and small towns. This differed significantly from the experience at the New Orleans airport or Baton Rouge, and information should be gathered from those areas. Nonetheless, PA-1's experience and recommendations are applicable to many future disasters."

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