Federal Government Response To Hurricanes

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Hurricanes are forms of tropical cyclones consisting of sustained winds with a speed of 74 miles per hour or higher and circulating air. Hurricanes are capable of causing devastating damage to property and communities. Due to hurricanes having devastating effects on property and the possibility of causing death and disrupting normal community life, there is therefore the need for the government and local authorities to adequately prepare and respond appropriately to hurricanes. This report focused on investigating the Federal government’s planning and response to hurricanes. The report sought to study the measures taken by the Federal government before and after hurricane Katrina to determine the level of preparedness and response to hurricanes …show more content…
In light of the fore going, the recommendations contained in this report will majorly help the government and local authorities initiate better measures to deal with hurricanes and thus avert huge losses occasioned by them. This will thus help in future hurricane occurrences to avoid huge losses in damages to property and loss of lives. Recommendations reached in this report will be based on best practice in the world and safety measures that may be instituted to avoid previous mistakes. This study is however limited to response measures by the US Federal government to hurricane Katrina. Additionally, the study is limited by limited data/information on responses made to hurricane …show more content…
• Could the impact of the hurricane be mitigated against by taking appropriate measures?
• What can be done to improve the Federal Government’s preparedness and responsiveness to hurricanes?
By answering the above questions, we are able to come up with recommendations on how to better deal with hurricanes.
Recommendations of this report are;
• Create appropriate Regional Structure. In this regard, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to come up with and implement Homeland Security Regions which are adequately staffed with highly trained personnel equipped to manage and coordinate all preparedness activities and any emergency that may require a substantial Federal response.
• Transform the National Guard. The report recommends that the state National Guards to modify their organization and training to include a priority mission to prepare and deploy in support of homeland security missions.
• Strengthen the Public Health Response. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should lead a unified and strengthened public health and medical command for Federal disaster

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