Essay on Hurricane Katrina
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The initial response or lack thereof, to the widespread disaster in the Gulf Coast, caused by Hurricane Katrina, demonstrated high levels of incompetence and disorganization by government officials. Images of desperate individuals awaiting rescue on their rooftops, and masses of people packed together in deplorable conditions in the Super Dome, circulated the globe. There was no hiding from the painful reality and the obvious inaction or inability of those responsible to care for these individual in the wake of this catastrophe. (12, 791)
Although a considerable amount of the blame has been placed at the feet of FEMA, it should be understood that multiple factors contributed to the situation in New Orleans. Some sections of…show more content…
As a result, FEMA was unprepared for Hurricane Katrina. After a state of emergency was declared, FEMA should have responded by working in coordination with state and local authorities to prepare for this disaster, but they did not. Nobody at FEMA or the DOD ordered essential supplies, such as food, water and medical supplies, to be deployed to the area. (3, 528)
Disasters are, by their very definition, rare events that overwhelm the capacity of normal public organizations. (1, 28) The relationship between the cities and county government was considered to be poor prior to the storm, so too was the relationship between the county and the state. It is believed that these poor relations contributed to the poor response and recovery efforts. (1, 15)
Many of the obstacles and complications encountered during Hurricane Katrina may have been avoided if the training exercise labeled “Hurricane Pam” would have been completed in 2004. The fictional exercise was five-days long, and was intended to help prepare New Orleans for a category 4 hurricane. Over 50 officials from parish, state, volunteer, and federal organizations participated, unfortunately FEMA caused an early termination of this event by pulling its funding. Consequently, the communications, evacuation, transportation, and medical care issues were never properly addressed. The
Effects Of Hurricane Katrina
In the entire history of America, Katrina Hurricane was considered as one of the worst hurricanes in the last century. One can say it a centuries hurricane. This hurricane was an amalgam of tropical waters and dusty winds. It was the deadliest hurricane of category – 5 causing huge damage to the citizens of the United States.
It was an eve of Wednesday, August 23, 2005 when it had raised from the tropical depression of the oceans near Louisiana. In the beginning, its wind speed was 75mph which increased and maximize its level to 170mph just within 5 days of starting (Hurricane Katrina from NOAA). It was started from a category – 1 but the warm waters converted it into a category – 5 deadliest hurricane. Scientists explained about its facts that it was happening due to the global warming which has transfused power and endurance to it. (Causes and Effects…,” from For the People). Wind speed was also a partial factor which boosted its power. In a result, the worst hurricane struck the coast of the United States and demolished a huge area.
A huge tally of casualties was calculated at New Orleans, Louisiana. It was also marked as the most damaged city of the United States by Katrina.
In a result, electricity and property outages, food, shelter and medicine problems raised which suffered the citizens of the U.S. (Causes and Effects… ” from For the People). More than one million people had left their houses and lived in the New Orleans Super dome. Half of the city was floating in the water. Expressways, bridges and giant buildings were presenting the picture of the seaside. The most outrageous, more than 2 million people have suffered the electricity outrage for several weeks. Water was the main cause to restore the electricity. The estimated loss of movable and immovable property was more than 81 billion dollars (Causes and Effects… “ from For the People). Now the whole city was rebuilt in a new way, but a large number of places missing its identity and old shape.
The outrageous factor of Katrnia Hurricane was a reaction from the masses of New Orleans towards local and federal government. They have shown their anger because local government did not plan the city as a hurricane protected city when they were aware about its geographic credentials. New Orleans has changed, now it has a new look, many people have migrated from the city, but there is still dearth need of development because the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.