North Carolina’s Disaster Response to Hurricane Katrina: The State Medical Assistance Teams Public Deposited

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  • Rudisill, Michele L.
    • Other Affiliation: MidCarolina Trauma RAC Outreach Coordinator, University of North Carolina Hospitals Trauma Program
  • In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the State of North Carolina responded to the disaster by deploying the State Medical Assistance Team (SMAT) to Waveland, MS, a Gulf town ravaged by the hurricane. The author of this article, Michele Rudisill, RN, BSN, helped lead the first deployment of the SMAT Field Hospital in Waveland. Her story describes the successful pre-disaster coordination between North Carolina’s various medical response organizations that allowed the team to quickly deploy to the region and almost immediately begin providing critical medical services to the surrounding population. This response was so effective that the SMAT effort is now recognized nationally as a model system for disaster response.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 31
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