Although emergency room physicians have the special qualifications and training needed to respond to a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina, if they come to a disaster site—as they did after Katrina—without being part of an official team of federal volunteers, they cannot be mobilized.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) prepared a video—"Responding to Disaster"—to offer lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, to inform doctors of the team approach to disasters and to encourage them to volunteer for federally trained disaster response teams.
ACEP, with 23,000 practicing emergency physicians and residents, is the largest specialty society for emergency physicians.
Key Results: ACEP subcontracted with E-6 Enterprises (Dallas, Texas) to produce the video. The 16-minute video was shot in Dallas and College Station, Texas, and in New Orleans.
The video, "Responding to Disaster":
Challenge: The challenge in producing the video was that key federal government officials were not available for interviews.