natural disasters; cyclonic storms; internship and residency; New Orleans; multi-institutional systems


Maternal and Child Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Women's Health


Natural disasters can have extraordinary impacts on a community and its infrastructure. Disasters can weaken systems that provide crucial resources, such as shelter, food security, water and health care. Recently, southeast Louisiana sustained devastating damage from Hurricane Ida on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Our medical workforce faced challenges caring for patients in a facility without potable water and powered by a generator. With the support of corporate entities and our academic institution, however, these barriers were quickly overcome and thus highlights the importance of collective resilience in the face of a natural disaster.