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

Aug 12, 2015

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.