Katrina Recovery – Part 2

We’re in Lafayette at the Heymann Center for performing arts – it’s where we are camping out.  We’re sleeping on a stage (90 of us) at the art center which is serving as our base of operations – we have been allowed to use it through the month of October. 

Our main mission is to send out clinical teams to other shelters to assess and treat folks who are in those shelters and we are taking care of special needs evacuees from around the State at the Art Center which is also serving as a shelter.  We are also starting to staff Public Health Clinics as their normal staff are burned out and just going home. 

We’ve also vaccinated about 1100 people at the Cajun Dome.  Working very long days (about 18 hrs each) but the work is gratifying.  Am scheduled to return home on Tuesday night. 
Now we’re dealing with the hurricane Rita – it may cause us to relocate everyone in our shelter to Northern Louisiana (Monroe) and that will probably happen on Thursday (tomorrow).  We’re also ready to evacuate ourselves, although that is very unlikely.  Take care and I’ll call you once I’m back in town.  I won’t be going back to work until Friday, Sep 30.

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About waynem

As a Minnesota based photographer and artist I have been greatly influenced by the Upper Midwest. I focus my skills and energies on portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architectural and fine art work. My best work comes from images first painted in my mind. I mull over a prospective image for weeks or months, seeing it from different angles and perspectives, then finally deciding what to capture. The result is images that deeply touch people's emotions and powerfully evoke memories and dreams. My images are used commercially by companies and organizations ranging from Financial Services firms, mom and pop Ice Cream shops and The Basilica of St Mary to communicate their shared vision and values. Book and magazine publishers have featured my images on their covers. My photographs also grace and enhance the decor of many fine homes.
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