State laws become roadblock for first responders in crisis
By C.W. Nevius
The San Francisco Chronicle (California)
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The day after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast a year ago, Dr. Dan Diamond was watching the TV coverage from his home in a Seattle suburb. He was furious.
Diamond, a family practitioner, was reacting to an interview with a New Orleans pathologist named Dr. Greg Henderson. Henderson explained that he'd set up an emergency clinic in the lobby bar of a Sheraton hotel. He'd gotten his medical supplies by raiding a nearby Walgreens.