Large-Scale Rooftop Search and Rescue: The Experience of Hurricane Katrina

August 2009 (VOL. 27, NO. 2)

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This article examines issues arising in large-scale rooftop search and rescue operations, in this case following Hurricane Katrina. Few events in the U.S. disaster experience have provided the background or means to prepare for the scale of airlift required following Katrina. Unique characteristics of this event created new challenges, and agencies were operating with little coordination. Observations and recommendations regarding communications and similar means of dealing with these large-scale events are described.