Fema Learning The Hard Way Case Study

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FEMA: Learning the Hard Way Student Name ESOL 400 Mary Warden Last

 FEMA: Learning The Hard Way In August 29, 2005, one of the most devastating natural disasters struck the United States. Hurricane Katrina made an enormous damage to the people living in the Gulf Coast. The hurricane left an unimaginable suffering to people physically, psychologically, and financially. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), whose role was to prepare and organize actions necessary to warn and help people in national emergency situations, seemed to be disorganized delaying the help people needed in this particular situation. Hence, FEMA’s lack of preparation and organization led to a greater damage and suffering to people.…show more content…
They were expected to fulfill their job description of organizing, responding, and reducing the effects of the hurricane. In the article, FEMA’s Response to Hurricane Katrina, which contains an interview with R. David Paulison , the FEMA’s Acting Director at the time, says that FEMA had a method of action for the expected areas to be visited by Hurricane Katrina and that they knew beforehand that it was going to be a Category 4 or 5. He says that they were in good position in preparation in terms of responding and rescuing plans and that they have placed in advance an enormous amount of materials needed for the expected hurricane such as truckloads of food, water, ice, and a group of trained members prepared to help residents bring into safety and attend to their medical needs (213). Although FEMA claimed of doing their best to prepare for Hurricane Katrina, their capabilities were still criticized and questioned. Many critics believe that their failure is due to lack of concentration, poor planning and unpreparedness. In the reports, Administrative Breakdowns in the Governmental Response to Hurricane Katrina by Saundra K. Schneider

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