Hurricane Katrina. A public health official in a Red Cross volunteer world Cindy Smith, RN Director, Hill County Health Department, Havre, MT. Red Cross Response.
A public health official in a Red Cross volunteer world
Cindy Smith, RN
Director, Hill County Health Department, Havre, MT
Training 3 months prior with certification for Disaster Health Services. Why? To understand Red Cross role and how Public Health would work with Red Cross in any disaster.
Aug 28 Call out
Aug 30 Flight
Aug. 30 Houston: assignments into three member team
Aug. 31 Rental Car from Houston to Baton Rouge
Aug 31 Baton Rouge – 12:00 pm Assignment into the field? Where does the medical staff check in? (Chaos and uncertainty)
3:15 pm Asked for assignment to Denham Springs Jr. High School in Denham Springs. Waited for car and supplies.
5:00 pmLeft Baton Rouge
6:15 pm Arrived at Jr. High
Aug 31Revival Temple – Arrived 8:00 pm
Sep 4Left Revival Temple 2:00 pm. Return to Baton Rouge for Staff Health Assignment.
Sep 6 4 1/2 hour drive. Check in and briefing at local Red Cross Chapter 8:00 pm.
Sep 7 7:00 am to 7:00 pm at Monroe Civic Center with 2500 displaced people.
2. Indirect Impact
How well will you work with your state government in an emergency?