West Virginia answers the challenge: meeting the health needs of Hurricane Katrina refugees.
Deci-DM; Bixler-D; Sinclair-JM; Cummings-KJ; Ridenour-ML
West Virginia Epi-Log 2006 First Quarter; 25(1):1,4-5
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Louisiana coast as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 145 mph, resulting in extensive flooding in New Orleans, surrounding parishes, and the neighboring states of Mississippi and Alabama. From September 4-7, 2005, a total of 323 Louisianans displaced by the storm were brought to a shelter established at Camp Dawson, an Army National Guard Training Site in Kingwood, West Virginia. In order to provide appropriate medical, mental health, and social services, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) requested CDC assistance to conduct a needs and health status assessment of this displaced population. This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of that assessment, which determined that 25% of the displaced persons reported acute symptoms, 46% reported chronic medical conditions, and 57% reported needing dental care.
Emergency-care; Emergency-response; Emergency-shelters; Health-care; Health-surveys; Health-programs
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, Office of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, Division of Surveillance and Disease Control. State Capitol Complex, Building 3, Room 206, Charleston, WV 25305
West Virginia Epi-Log