Hurricane Devastation Of Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes in United States history. Hurricane Katrina was by far the most destructive storm to strike the United States with the actual cost of Hurricane Katrina’s damage between $96-125 billion. An estimated 1,836 people died and millions of others were left homeless along the gulf coast and in New Orleans. With homes virtually destroyed, thousands of people abandoned the area which in turn caused thousands of jobs to disappear. New Orleans lost 190,000 jobs, while the state of Louisiana lost 219,000 jobs and overall 12 percent statewide. More than 70 countries contributed large donations in the relief phase showing overall support and generosity.
Katrina started over the Bahamas on Aug 23, 2005
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Katrina exposed the nation’s poor emergency management system and its ability to respond to a deadly disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.
The hotel and motel revenues were affected and have not fully recovered, especially since tourism has declined since the storm and tourism provided thousands of jobs as well as millions of dollars in tax income.

As a response to Hurricane Katrina, the Mayor of New Orleans declared a voluntary evacuation of the city. This evacuation became mandatory the next day. Many people did not have the ability to leave the city, so the Superdome became an option for victims to go to receive shelter from the storm.
FEMA mobilized 1,000 Homeland Security workers to provide assistance to the city. On August 29, 2005 President Bush signed a $10.4 billion aid package and ordered 7,200 National Guard troops to the region. Then an additional $51.8 billion was approved for aid for the disaster. FEMAs National US and R task forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard troops, active duty and state and local first responders performed search and rescue missions, and rescued an estimated 50,000 victims. NDMS deployed over 80 teams to support response efforts. Medical Needs Assessment teams from FEMA regions were sent to assess medical needs. Over 50 disaster medical assistance teams were deployed; three National Medical Response teams, five veterinary medical assistance teams and three
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