Ethical Issues After Hurricane Katrina

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The Storm is an analysis of the events that took place before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The Storm interviews some of the individuals involved in the decision making of help being sent out to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The Director of FEMA, President Bush, Governor of Louisiana and many more. All points of views are shared and the blame is easily being pushed around. Nobodies’ story is left unsaid and you are left to make a decision of who is at fault. Before Hurricane Katrina took place, there was no communication infrastructure in case of emergency. There also was no completed plan of action in the case of a catastrophe such as Katrina, which was forecasted to occur. Therefore, after Katrina hit and damaged the electricity…show more content…
The interoperability was never put into place for reasons that can only be speculated on. There are assumptions that Grant Holcomb the architect of the proposed system had a conflict of interest that may have profited him. There are also allegations that Greg Meffert, Nagin's chief technology officer, stated that the technology wouldn't work. Many controversial issues of being unethical by several parties involved in this system caused a delay that unfortunately wasn’t in play for Katrina. Interoperability is dangerous to the concept of Federalism because although New Orleans was granted money to fund the system by the national government, at the state level, it was never implemented. The dangerous part comes in when the public asks whose fault it was that the system wasn’t in place when it really mattered. The state believes the national government should have been more involved to mandate deadlines and be more proactive in the implementation. The public and many other professionals involved believe the local government could have ironed out all the ethical issues and implemented the system with only the financial help from the national government. Unfortunately for Katrina victims, that’s not what took…show more content…
The purpose of the Pam exercise was to be prepared in case of a catastrophe like Katrina. It was suppose to iron out any issues that may occur and would enable practice so that minimal damage would be involved if this was to occur as expected. Pam was unsuccessful because its funds were cut and the project was canceled by president Bush. The exercise was not completed therefore appropriate measures weren’t in place and couldn’t happen when Katrina actually did occur. Lessons that could have been learned would have been the assignment of responsibility. Detailing who is in charge of specifically doing what. People could have been held responsible for their actions if direct orders where established to specific individuals or teams. Another important lesson would have been the amount of time it would take to evacuate New Orleans and how much manpower and vehicular power would be needed to get everyone out. FEMA has been criticized for many reasons. The major criticism is why it took so long to get the city evacuated. Why it took so long to obtain help. Where was the National Guard? Where was FEMA? According to the FEMA director there was nobody to drive the school buses to get everyone out, yet the Louisiana National Guard was there waiting for orders. They only waited so long though because communication was impossible. FEMA was unprepared for a catastrophe like this and when it was advised of the situation they

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