Michael D. Brown and Emergency Management Essay

5084 Words Jun 19th, 2007 21 Pages
Introduction 2
What is FEMA? 2
Three Major Divisions of FEMA 3
Three Activities of FEMA 5
Impact of Hurricane Katrina 6
1. Economic effects 6
2. Social effects 7
3. Environmental effects 7
Criticisms 8
The Strength of FEMA 11
1. Reduce the redundancies: 11
2. Disaster assistance 11
3. Various programs 12
The Weakness of FEMA 12
1. Vague role definition 12
2. Staffing problems 13
3. Problem with motivation 14
4. Absorption into DHS 14
5. Problematic strategies 16
6. Poor communication 16
7. Public relation 17
The Proposed Change 18
1. Competent leadership 18
2. Conflict management 19
3. Communication 19
4. Structural change 20
5. Monitor employee attitudes 20
6. Continuous improvement 21
Conclusion 22
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Furthermore, educational programs are provided by the field fire training delivery systems through the National Fire Academy and the National Emergency Training Center.

Ć Regional Offices.
There are ten regional offices carry out programs of FEMA at the regional, State, and local levels. The regional offices are responsible for accomplishing the national program goals and objectives of the Agency. Moreover, the regional offices also have responsibility to support development of national policy.

Impact of Hurricane Katrina
The impacts caused by Katrina were far-reaching. It caused tremendous effects in many different aspects. Excepting the damage of death, it also had enormous effects on economy, politics, society, and environment.

1. Economic effects:
The economic effects of the storm were enormous. As of April 2006, the estimated costs were up to $105 billion for repairs and reconstruction in the region and this did not account for damage to the economy caused by potential interruption of the oil supply, destruction of the Gulf Coast's highway infrastructure, and exports of commodities such as grain.
As a whole, the biggest impact comes through oil supplies. The Gulfport refineries are critical for supplies of gasoline and heating oil to the Midwest. Katrina damaged or destroyed 30 oil platforms and caused the closure of nine refineries; the

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