Since Tuesday he's been trying to volunteer to help, with little success.
"The first number I called was 211 [the emergency number], and was given numbers for United Way of Acadiana and the American Red Cross," he says. "The American Red Cross is always busy or the circuits are overloaded. I reached the United Way and spoke with a woman who took my information and said she would call me back. So far it's Thursday morning, and I haven't been called. I called state police and was given a number for volunteers. I called the number, gave information, my direct contact numbers. I've never been called back."
He also e-mailed a link for doctors on nola.com and called the Department of Health and Hospitals and gave them direct numbers. He didn't hear back from either. So he attempted to offer his services in person.
"The Phoenix Fire Department was staging in Bouligny Plaza in New Iberia. I walked over there and told them that I was an MD with experience with Doctors of the World. They have a medical team who are integrated into their efforts. They turned me down. For someone to walk up and offer services and be accepted would be a big act of faith for them."
Reynaud says even someone trained in emergency situations has to have direction. "You can't just walk in and start treating people. You have to have supplies and a structure of triage. It's not like I can go with a stethoscope and start saving people. For medical stuff you have to have organized structure."
Reynaud went to the Cajundome to volunteer on Thursday afternoon. Criteria was very loose; a name label with "Red Cross" on it will give anyone access to anywhere in the dome. He talked to Dr. Charles Wyatt, a physician at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, who created the medical center at the dome when it opened as a relief shelter. "Currently, we have 6,000 residents with their own little city," Wyatt says. As of 3 p.m., according to Wyatt, there were more medical volunteers than patients. Reynaud was told to call back about scheduling.
He's familiar with disaster sites. Reynaud was working in New York when the twin towers were struck on Sept. 11, 2001. "I was working at St. Vincent's hospital during 9-11, in a satellite clinic," he remembers. "I went to the main hospital, and all the doctors on staff and all the doctors in the clinic came in. They were trying to organize who would stay on staff, who would go to field sites, who would do emergency work. One group was sent down to the World Trade Center site, but had to turn back because of reported gas leaks and fires. One group was sent to set up a morgue on the West Side Highway, and I was sent to the emergency room. In the emergency room we had tons of doctors from the surrounding area ' New Jersey, Connecticut ' who wanted to help, but we had no place to send them to. A lot of them were put on hold, made to wait in a waiting room."
Reynaud says he thinks the state is going through the process of creating an emergency structure but isn't yet able to accept the influx of calls from doctors wanting to help. "I'm not in any kind of local organization or Louisiana group," he says. "They're probably organizing right now, but for those of us outside that structure, we're just waiting."
At 4 p.m. Friday, Reynaud finally connected with Acadian Ambulance and was scheduled to head to New Orleans.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Ten departing CEOs rake in $430 million; profile of FSU gunman emerges; Buffalo's weather woes and more national and international news for Friday, November 21, 2014.
The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
Pat Cooper is contesting his termination by the LPSB, filing a petition Tuesday that calls the recent decision “arbitrary and capricious.”
A look at the numbers highlights the challenge facing Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to win a fourth term in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.
The administration says public college campuses won't be on the chopping block.
The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans.
Old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments and other unclaimed money is sent to the state when a business cannot locate someone.