Federalism Essay

849 Words Aug 23rd, 2011 4 Pages
Part One: The Storm
"The Storm: Chaos and Tragedy": Answer the following questions as you view the PBS video excerpt "Chaos and Tragedy." According to Frontline, what problems were caused by the following groups: The Local and state officials? Fail to plan The U.S. military? Waited too long FEMA? Poorly led The Government? Indifferent to victims who were poor and black Why was the Louisiana National Guard unable to help? 300 soldiers were trapped inside headquarters. And They was unaware that the canal levees were giving water off. Why were rescue efforts hampered in the first 24 hours? Their backup generator flooded. Communication device were useless. 3/4 of the police force came in to
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Which level faced the greatest challenges? The mayor was supposed to have items stocked. The governor was being asked for help but could not supply it. I think the mayor had the most trouble because when he spoke on the radio you could tell he was frustrated. He needed help and was not receiving it What lessons do you think were learned as a result of Hurricane Katrina? I think we learned that we must expect the unexpected. After reviewing the problems caused, what type of assistance should the citizens of New Orleans have expected from the federal government? The citizens should expect food & water donations from the national guard. if the government is to issue out money to cover the cost of damage, it should be more thoroughly looked into because a lot of people who had no damage got thousands of dollars for simply applying for assistance, and more people who did need it got denied. And the people who got accepted blew their money. In what ways do you think this storm has changed the city of New Orleans? Make sure to explain social and economic impacts. Lives were lost and many families lost their homes. It also changed the city by people have a false sense of pride for having gone through it, but wont be proactive enough to fix anything and uses the government as a crutch. we lost a

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