Hurricane Katrina (OR-2 DMAT) After Action Report: New Orleans Airport, August 31-September 10, 2005   [open pdf - 104KB]

Alternate Title: Hurricane Katrina Oregon 2-Disaster Medical Assistance Team After Action Report: New Orleans Airport, August 31-September 10, 2005

"On August 30, 2005 OR-2 DMAT [Oregon -2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team] was activated to respond to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. (Prior to activation, the team sent 8 members to augment WA-1 DMAT, which was staged in Houston, Texas prior to the hurricane making landfall.) On August 31, the team was sent to Houston, Texas where it staged and departed the next day for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (OR-2's cache departed on August 31 from Portland, Oregon in three trucks, with 6 team drivers, with an estimated arrival time for 4 to 5 days.) The team arrived at the New Orleans International Airport at approximately 1330 hours on September 1, 2005 and immediately started treating patients. Three Type I DMAT teams were already at the location delivering medical care. The team encountered an overwhelming demand for patient assessment and treatment during the next four days. Many of the medical personnel on site were extremely fatigued. Some of the previous teams were working up to 60 hours without any sleep. Supplies of both food and water were in short supply and the power had only recently been restored to the facility."

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