Katrina Response Failure

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Emergency managers’ response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was uncoordinated and went poorly. Survivors were left for several days without basic relief such as food, water, and sanitary items. This paper investigates what led to this major response failure. The conclusion is that preparedness was not a top priority for officials at the local, state, and federal levels. First, this paper describes the major response failures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the reason that they failed using the National Preparedness Framework and the National Response Framework. Then, it identifies several instances in which preparedness efforts were postponed despite the well-known risk that New Orleans was well overdue for a major hurricane that could
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