This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.
Turns out there was an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) convention in New Orleans when Katrina hit. The EMS Network posted this incredibly disturbing account of two EMTs’ experiences in trying to get out of New Orleans. After being told that neither the convention center nor the Superdome would accept more refugees, they and many others were told to march out of town where buses would be waiting:
As we approached the bridge, armed Gretna sheriffs formed a line across the foot of the bridge. Before we were close enough to speak, they began firing their weapons over our heads. This sent the crowd fleeing in various directions. As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in conversation. We told them of our conversation with the police commander and of the commander’s assurances. The sheriffs informed us there were no buses waiting. The commander had lied to us to get us to move.
Here is EMT/writer Philipp Meyer’s account of going in to the city to help.