The US is faced with a possible flu epidemic this fall, and plans are being made for extreme emergencies. If medical facilities are overwhelmed, who gets access first? Who makes that decision? What can be learned from what happened in New Orleans after Katrina? Also, Los Angeles-area deadly wildfires threaten health, homes and communication systems. On Reporter's Notebook, will President Obama's commanding general propose a "surge" of American troops, this time for Afghanistan?
Banner image: Evacuees are treated by medical personnel at a makeshift hospital September 5, 2005 at the New Orleans International Airport. Photo: Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images