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Hurricane Katrina, Diabetes, and the Meaning of Resiliency (2020)


Hurricane Katrina offered a revealing snapshot of the historical vulnerability that New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents have long experienced and continue to face. In particular, population groups with special health needs—those suffering from debilitating chronic diseases—were among those most at risk during the storm. Focusing specifically on diabetic evacuees during and after Katrina, this essay examines how the lack of planning during the disaster led to diminished access to dialysis as well as poor food and inadequate insulin management in evacuation shelters. In so doing, it underscores the strong links between disasters and public health concerns such as elevated risks for complications, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and reduced life expectancy for individuals with diabetes. As the case of Katrina powerfully illustrates, populations suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes suffer disproportionately from disasters and other disruptive events.

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Authors & Contributors
Shrum, Wesley
Horowitz, Andy
Feudtner, Christ
Tattersall, Robert
Hurley, Dan
Edwards, Laurie
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Engineering Studies
Science Communication
Social Studies of Science
Journal of Southern History
Journal of African American Studies
University of North Carolina Press
Oxford University Press
Kaplan Publishing
Walker & Company
Duke University Press
Disasters; catastrophes
Disease and diseases
Public health
Hurricanes; typhoons
Medicine and society
Hurricane Katrina
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
New Orleans (Louisiana, U.S.)
United States
Gulf of Mexico
South Asia
Soviet Union
International Red Cross

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