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Emergency Management – Hurricane Katrina

April 2, 2016 | Author: | Posted in criminology, law

Emergency Management Response to Hurricane Katrina

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1 . Discuss the Human Toll ‘ of Hurricane Katrina

I cannot even begin to describe , much less define the scope of Hurricane Katrina ‘s Human Toll . If we limit the definition of Human Toll ‘ to that of human fatalities and human displacement from their homes alone , then I can quote from the document The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina – Lessons Learned ‘ that the nearest estimate as of February 2006 statistics gathered is that there were 1 ,330 recorded deaths , 2026 still missing and [banner_entry_middle]

approximately 770 ,000 people displaced . However , these figures are eclipsed and do not visualize the extent of the real human toll ‘ of Hurricane Katrina

From the same document , we can picture the following

The breadth of Katrina ‘s reach was 80 kilometers radius of residential business and government displacement from the gulf area

In some smaller communities like Waveland , Mississippi has been said to have no habitable infrastructures whatsoever and approximately 300 ,000 homes have been rendered uninhabitable

Unemployment in Louisiana doubled from 6 to 12 after Hurricane Katrina

Although Katrina made landfall on August 29 , 2005 , there were still 4 ,500 people living in shelters by end of October 2005 because they simply cannot start to begin reconstructing their shattered lives due to lost basic documents like insurance information , birth certificates , and marriage certificates

The ripple effect of Katrina ‘s economic devastation cannot be fully monetized even to this day , but the immediate months following Katrina saw the surge of oil prices and ensuing rise of the cost of consumer goods all over the United States and even beyond

Lastly , of the 1 .1 million people of working age (over 16 years old ) who evacuated their homes , an approximate 500 ,000 had not returned by December 2005

Infrastructures like the New Orleans levee , buildings and offices may be rebuilt in the long run . But homes and both shattered and lost lives will be forever gone . Unfortunately , these cannot be approximated and no dollar value will ever suffice to measure the human toll

2 . Discuss the Disaster Response Structure in the post 9-11 United States . In your discussion , be sure to address Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5 (HSPD-5 ) and National Incident Management System (NIMS

Historically , the federal disaster responses to natural and man made calamities adhere to the principle of utilizing state and local resources first and federal aid comes as a supplement . However , a lot has changed since . Before , the context by which this premise and ensuing principles of allowing states work independently has worked But over the last sixty (60 ) years , the need for a more comprehensive organized and sustained effort and response in resolving issues and calamities have manifested itself . Since the Civil Defense Act of 1950 (which was the first comprehensive legislation pertaining to Federal disaster relief , the world has changed considerably . Acts of terrorism became widespread and global in scope . There is also the persistent threat of extreme weather changes because of global warming – the latest… [banner_entry_footer]

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