Hurricane Ida August 29, 2021

As Hurricane Ida raced toward southeast Louisiana, many people headed home to shelter in place or evacuate. The Code Grey clinical teams made up of Tulane faculty, staff, fellows and residents went to work.

Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, with winds topping 150mph. The storm left more than nearly 1 million people without power, including the entire city of New Orleans.
Crews worked around the clock to get the hospital and Tulane Cancer Center running under generator power, as School of Medicine administrators hurried to get dry ice into labs and necessary supplies delivered to the hospitals and research facilities.

Soaring temperatures in a city with little AC had some doctors trading scrubs for shorts. Tulane physicians have been on the ground to help from the beginning.

The residents and faculty who volunteer on Code Grey clinical Teams A and B have been serving 72-hour shifts.

They had no time to prepare ahead of the storm and no time to search for necessary items after, so the Tulane Green Wave Heroes Fund asked those serving what they needed.

Containers of supplies went to Tulane residents at Tulane Medical Center, UMC and the VA.

A church in north Louisiana donated $2000 worth of food and water to the School of Medicine. Two medical students volunteered their truck and drove to Slidell to pick up the donations and delivered them to the Tulane resident snack room.
The son of a Tulane patient and owner of Puff Belly's restaurant in D'Iberville, MS drove in food for all the facilities crews working to keep the hospital up and running.

With fuel hard to find after Hurricane Ida, the School of Medicine brought in a gas truck to help everyone who was working.

The SoM also booked hotel rooms, so residents could take a break, get a hot meal and sleep in cool comfort.

The last 10 days have been difficult, but these words could not be more true.