Hurricane Katrina: A Study of the Climate Risk Management Approach

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Response to Hurricane Katrina Section One The Bureaucratic/Hierarchical method is the standard disaster method used within the United States. The principle is that it is the responsibility of the local government to respond immediately to a disaster and only to seek help from the federal government when absolutely necessary. This model stems from the historical interpretation of the various government powers. The local and state government has the reserved power to dictate such local decisions. The Network model is a method devised after Hurricane Katrina, by which the federal government has now obtained the authority to step into state emergencies and supersede the state's authority to act and assist. While this method may seem to may more effective then the local effort, the question remains whether federal government intervention into the events is a public good or yet another removal of state's rights. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, states dealt with many serious catastrophes, some of which had even greater tolls on the property and people of the areas. The difference lies within the response of the individual states. In fact, the greatest criticism of Mayor Ray Nagin following the disaster was his lack of implementation of already existing measures. Simply put, Mayor Nagin failed to preform is proper role as Mayor. Were evacuation protocols followed, many argue that the deaths never would have happened. In reality, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) did

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