Wisconsin disaster medical assistance team leaves for Irma

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-06 18:35:15-04

The “Wisconsin 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team” is headed to help with Hurricane Irma relief. They flew out from Mitchell International around noon Wednesday after getting the call to be ready late Tuesday.

This is not the first time many on the team have been dispatched to disaster areas.

Lisa Hass-Peters, who works by day as a Registered Nurse at Froedert, also deployed to Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast in 2012. She’s the leader of the group headed south now.

They will fly to Atlanta and then drive further south and stage, waiting to see where Irma makes landfall.

Hass-Peters says “it could be a week, it could be three weeks. We’ll find out more once Irma hits and what the devastation looks like where we’ll be going and how long we’ll be needed.” 

6 people left Wednesday. The companies they work for agree to let them travel when disaster strikes. They train four weeks out of the year together and one week with the military.