July 11, 2012
Politics of Katrina
What Went Wrong During Katrina: Political View.
On August 29th, 2005, the city of New Orleans suffered one the worst natural
disaster in the history of our nation. State, local and federal authorities failed to
heed the warnings of Hurricane Katrina’s intensity. The disorganized response
reflected communication failures and weak leadership at all levels of government.
According to a report published by Time Magazine, the authors wrote, “is a litany of
mistakes, misjudgments, lapses and absurdities all cascading together.
The Emergency Preparedness Plan in place at the time of the storm was
heavily flawed and ineffective. Let’s begin with the citizens of New Orleans. The
metropolitan area has a history with hurricanes ever since the city was built in
colonial times. Hurricane’s Betsy, Camille and Andrew all made landfall near New
Orleans. The aftermaths of these past storms brought to light the vulnerability of the
city’s geographical characteristics. The citizens of New Orleans long have had a
debatable perception when it has come to the Media and making the decision to
leave the city. The Media and local authorities had the obligation to relay the real
consequences of staying behind. However, they both failed collectively by not
relaying a clear and dangerous message to the citizens of the city. This along with a
past false evacuations where no damage occurred, led many to decide to stay and
ride a catastrophic Category 5 storm headed directly to the city.
Secondly the city’s Emergency Preparedness Plan was heavily flawed and
failed to supply citizens with no means of getting out or with disabilities a safe
option of fleeing. The Mandatory Evacuation was not made soon enough. Facing the
severity and strength of the storm, local officials failed to give citizens the ample
necessary time to leave the city. There...