DDH_ICONS Hurricane Katrina

Kiersta Kurtz-Burke and Justin Lundgren

It was probably the biggest leap of faith of my life.

If you are experiencing emotional distress or other mental health concerns after a disaster, the Disaster Distress Helpline is here for you 24/7/365.


For Deaf and Hard of Hearing ASL Callers: To connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language, Click the “ASL Now” button below or call 1-800-985-5990 from your videophone. ASL Support is available 24/7.

As Hurricane Katrina approached, patients at Charity Hospital, which had been in operation for nearly 300 years, grew increasingly anxious that they might be left behind. Dr. Kiersta Kurtz-Burke focused on keeping her patients informed and calm, but eventually had to help them evacuate by putting them on boats.