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.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.