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Katrina exposed emergency response weakness

Article in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

The disastrous response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Katrina exposed the weakness of existing emergency management and response policies on all political levels local, state, and federal. William L. Waugh Jr. uncovers the troublesome roots of concern in a piece he edited for the March 2006 volume of SAGE Publications' The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

The volume, titled, Shelter from the Storm: Repairing the National Emergency Management System after Hurricane Katrina, explores how poor planning, poor decision-making, and poor communication before, during, and after Katrina betrayed public confidence in the ability of DHS, FEMA, and other public officials to effectively organize and manage emergency response.

Waugh lays the blame on public officials at all levels and recommends changes that will lead to a functioning emergency management system. Only by shedding light on the underlying problems of current policy and practices can the lessons from Katrina truly be learned and steps taken to fix the system.

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To access this volume preface, please go to http://ann.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/604/1/6.

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