Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness

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What New Orleans' Vulnerability Taught Us About Public Health Preparedness: Vulnerability Has a Face and a Name

Evangeline Franklin c1 and Kevin U. Stephens Sr

(Received August 09 2010)

(Accepted August 10 2010)

Key Words:

  • New Orleans;
  • vulnerable populations;
  • public health preparedness;
  • Hurricane Katrina;
  • poverty;
  • disabled persons;
  • socioeconomic factors;
  • National Incident Management System;
  • vulnerable populations;
  • community disaster response


c1 Correspondence: Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Evangeline Franklin, City of New Orleans Health Department, 1300 Perdido Street, New Orleans, LA 70122 (e-mail: erfranklin@cityofno.com).

Authors' Affiliations: Dr Franklin is the former Director of Emergency Preparedness, New Orleans Health Department, and is an adjunct professor of homeland security studies at the Tulane University School of Continuing Studies; Dr Stephens is the former director of the New Orleans Health Department.