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Unformatted text preview: HURRICANE KATRINA AUGUST 29, 2005 National Disaster Medical System Field Hospital, Hancock Co. Mississippi & VA Medical Center, Biloxi / Gulfport Mississippi Marcus Nemuth MD, Medical Director Psychiatry Emergency Service VA Mental Health Disaster Task Force Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System Mother Nature as a Terrorist • Massive trauma effects on every aspect of life • Magnitude – trauma to whole world around you, not a focused assault to “you” • Loss of family, loss of home, loss of community, loss of security Mother Nature as a Terrorist • Massive trauma effects on every aspect of life • Magnitude – trauma to whole world around you, not a focused assault to “you” • Loss of family, loss of home, loss of community, loss of security • No safe haven from images of destruction Hancock Co, Mississippi Bay St Louis / Waveland • Ground Zero for costal Katrina strike, Mississippi • Category 5, at landfall winds > 165 mph • Storm Surge 80 miles wide, close to 30 feet...
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