Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: role of individuals and collaborative networks in mobilizing/coordinating societal and professional resources for major disasters

Crit Care. 2006 Feb;10(1):205. doi: 10.1186/cc3942.


The medical support for the coordinated effort for Harris County Texas (Houston) to rescue evacuees from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina was part of an integrated collaborative network. Both public health and operational health care was structured to custom meet the needs of the evacuees and to create an exit strategy for the clinic and shelter. Integrating local hospital and physician resources into the Joint Incident Command was essential. Outside assistance, including federal and national resources must be coordinated through the local incident command.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Disaster Planning / methods*
  • Disasters*
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Public Health
  • Relief Work
  • Rescue Work
  • United States