Dr. Cynthia Otto gives first-hand account of veterinary assistance in Gulf
Thursday, October 06, 2005
During her bus ride into the Katrina-ravaged areas of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast region early this month, Cynthia Otto says it was hard to grasp the extent of the devastation: In the dead of night, with no power throughout the region, she simply couldn’t see what the storm had done.
It was only after several days of preparing—and waiting—at their base of operations that Otto and fellow members of FEMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Team finally were ordered to begin their work: And it didn’t take long for the team members to realize just how bad the damage was.
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