Hurricane Katrina Impact

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Hurricane Katrina was described as "one of the deadliest hurricanes to ever hit the United States" according to Kim Ann Zimmerman on livescience.com (2012). August 29, 2005 would completely change the lives of thousands of individuals and families in New Orleans, Louisiana due to impact of Hurricane Katrina. This tropical storm was categorized as a category 5 Hurricane due to the fact the damaging winds reached up to 175 miles per hour. Many people were able to evacuate before the storm became too powerful for mobilization. The economically challenged/low income individuals and families were not able to evacuate due to the lack of certain resources such as money and transportation. These low income communities contained many disabled and elderly …show more content…
These unsuitable living conditions due to damages (flood, debris, sewage) caused many families and individuals to relocate. This disaster costs the city 32,000 jobs in the healthcare and education fields. This was a major setback for the city because there was already a shortage of jobs in New Orleans and this disaster set the city back by causing them city to lose even more jobs. Even after the storm many people still stayed at New Orleans Superdome. The individuals and families that were still in the Superdome were desperate for food, water, and clothing. Thousands of people broke into the Ernest N. Moral Convention Complex seeking food, water, and resources but were unable to locate anything. This action occurred to many businesses and …show more content…
These four main elements were to create a regional structure, transform the National Guard, strengthen the public health response, and to create a culture of preparedness. According to James Jay Caratano in Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned: Solid Recommendations, the reports When creating a regional structure, "calls on the Department of Homeland Security"(2006) to develop all Homeland Security regions by ensuring they all are fully staffed and that these individuals are thoroughly trained. It is also vital that these regions are able to coordinate all preparedness activities that specific to their particular region. Jay Caratano also states that the reports “call on the state National Guards"(2006) to adjust the training so that a priority mission is included to support all missions. Even though the state National guards are requested to adjust their training, it is very important that federal agencies and the National Guard work and plan together for responses to major disasters. If this is executed properly a more effective recovery process will be in place after a disaster strikes. When strengthening the Public Health Response, James states "the Department of Health and Human Services needs to lead a unified and strengthened public health and medical command for disaster response". (2006) This is very important because if many people were to become ill due to a mishap from a

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