The Impact On Natural Disasters Essay

2180 Words May 3rd, 2016 9 Pages
The wind howls, the bullets of rain shoot down, and the sun hides behind thick daunting clouds as Hurricane Katrina ransacks the vibrant southern coast of the United States. States including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and many more surrounding were then thrown into a war against nature. On August 29, 2005, $118 million cubic yards were destroyed and over $110 billion dollars in damage were left in Katrina’s path of destruction. On that day, 1,836 lives were taken and millions more were ruined (Amadeo 1). Ten years later after the devastating hurricane seemed like a forgotten nightmare, the Carolinas faced severe flooding inducing 25 deaths and over $1 billion dollars worth of damage (Collins 1). Improving response efficiency to natural disasters like these is just as important as each of the lives that were lost in these catastrophes.
Natural disasters are few and far between, but when they hit, they hit hard. In 1803, the first movement establishing a system for federal aid to be available for the aftermath of natural disasters was initiated with the Congressional Act following a fire in New Hampshire. Thus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was formed and was therefore relied on by the citizens of the 13 colonies for aid in the case of a catastrophe (Natural Disaster Response 2). This system continued on into the 1960’s and 1970’s, when the federal government began to increase its involvement in responding to natural disasters, creating multiple…

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