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The Katrina Files: A Disaster Medical Team And The Chaos At The New Orleans Arena

This month, as part of WWNO's ongoing Katrina 10 coverage, we bring you The Katrina Files: Reflections from First Responders. This series is based on oral histories conducted by The Historic New Orleans Collection and hosted by Paul Maassen.

This episode features interviews conducted by Mark Cave in 2007 with members of DMAT CA-6, a Disaster Medical Assistance Team from the San Francisco Bay area. 

Two days after the storm, this group of 35 doctors, nurses and other specialists were assigned to provide medical assistance to the thousands stranded at the Superdome. They evacuated many patients by helicopter, but the challenge to care for the thousands that remained became overwhelming as supplies grew thin.

Paul arrived at WWNO as general manager in March 2008. Since his arrival, Paul has strengthened the station’s finances, introduced new national news and information programs, revamped the digital WWNO2 schedule to complement 89.9, and launched digital WWNO3 as an all-jazz channel. He has placed new emphasis on WWNO’s role in the community, devoting resources to local news reporting and cultural features, and encouraging new collaborations among New Orleans’ cultural organizations and the region’s public media.

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