Emergency Preparedness In New Orleans

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August 29, 2005 is a day New Orleans, Louisiana and the nation will never forget. This was the day a hurricane by the name of Katrina made landfall. The tragedy was not the fact that the city was now under water, the tragedy followed in the days, weeks and months to follow. The aftermath of Katrina shows the public how federal, state and local governments can fail a community during a disaster when needed the most. According to Bergal & Hiles (2007), “official records show that while Katrina was a strong Category 3 hurricane when it slammed into the Gulf Coast near the Mississippi-Louisiana border, by the time it blew over the city of New Orleans, the winds had weakened considerably.” This national disaster could have been prevented if someone would have pushed harder to have more funding to have the levees made stronger on the federal, state and local level. Instead; the cutbacks which government is known for had overlooked an issue that would become a national disaster. Public Health focus is that of the population and what can be…show more content…
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