The Department of Health is grateful for the overwhelming response to the call for medical professionals to assist in Louisiana’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

DHH’s goal is to have a coordinated effort so that state health workers can use volunteer help in the most effective and efficient way. If you are a licensed medical professional who wishes to assist in this effort, please send an e-mail with your name, contact information and area of experience, as well as dates you would be available,

LDH officials ask that anyone who volunteers his or her services waits for a return phone call from a department representative coordinating the medical relief effort before coming to Louisiana. A LDH official can speak with volunteers and coordinate their travel so that everyone can be assigned to an area where their medical skills will be of the most use.

Health department representatives wish to assign formal responsibilities to each person who volunteers rather than having people travel long distances and arrive in state with no direct assignment.

For more health and safety information for cleanup after Hurricane Katrina, visit