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Displacement of the underserved: medical needs of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in West Virginia.

Authors
Ridenour-ML; Cummings-KJ; Sinclair-JR; Bixler-D
Source
J Health Care Poor Underserved 2007 May; 18(2):369-381
NIOSHTIC No.
20032062
Abstract
On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. During the aftermath of the storm, hurricane victims were evacuated to over 1,000 evacuation centers in 27 states. Three-hundred and twenty-three evacuees from 220 households were provided housing, food, and medical care at an evacuation center in West Virginia. A needs assessment followed to identify current needs of the evacuees. One-hundred and sixty-four evacuees were interviewed. Twenty-five percent reported an acute illness, while 46% reported having at least one chronic medical condition. The greatest need reported was for dental care (57%), followed by eyeglasses (34%), dentures (28%), and medical services (25%). Two weeks after the hurricane, the basic needs of food, shelter, and hygiene were met. The assessment identified and led to a successful response regarding the ongoing need for durable medical equipment (dentures and eyeglasses), as well as dental care.
Keywords
Health-care; Health-services; Emergency-response; Emergency-shelters; Medical-care; Medical-rescue-services; Medical-surveys; Medical-equipment; Medical-treatment; Children; Surveillance
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Mail Stop 1811, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
JHCUEK
CAS No.
821556; 107926
Publication Date
20070501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
DVN7@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1049-2089
NIOSH Division
DRDS; DSR
Priority Area
Services
Source Name
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
State
WV
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