Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in the United States. Katrina made landfall as a category three hurricane on August 29, 2005. The initial landfall was made in the Gulf Region near Buras Louisiana and later at the Louisiana and Mississippi border at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Katrina packed sustained hurricane force winds of 125 mph, and extended out 75 miles from the eye of the storm (NOAA, 2012). Katrina’s damage was devastating to residents of the area affected.
(i) Description of Disasters: Hurricane Katrina is said to have been the most costly and deadliest hurricanes in U.S history, resulting in $81.2 billion dollars in damage and 1836 casualties6. The hurricane made landfall in New Orleans in the early morning of August 29th, 2005 as a Category 3 or 4 storm. The heavy rains that were produced as the hurricane moved inland, along with the poorly designed levees, caused all 56 levees in New Orleans to fail, resulting in freshwater flooding of 80% of the city15. Hurricane Katrina devastated an area over 160 km from the storm’s eye, which included parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and most importantly, Louisiana6. It originally formed off the Bahamas, on August 23rd, as a Tropical Depression and strengthened to a Category 1 storm once it made landfall in Florida on August 25th.
Because FEMA did not have sound operations to begin with, it only added to the headache of trying to come up with a core disaster management organization which made the communication cease. Because there have been so many problems with FEMA and DHS in the past, it has led the federal government to examine their options in creating a better organizational solution. The federal government is now looking to solutions such as changing federal law to give the president authority to order federal assistance in the absence of requests from state governors, enlarging the role of the Department of Defense and other federal departments for domestic emergency response, and removing FEMA from DHS and have its director report directly to the President (Majors 2008). As of today DHS has shown inadequate interest in communicating with the public and when the results are in, it hasn’t always been positive for example, FEMA unsuccessful communication in Hurricane Katrina. DHS and its State and local partners need to address these factors to improve its communicating with the American people (Bullock, J., Haddow, G., & Coppola, D. 2012 pg.
Ryan Rosier Mrs. Ball English 9 February 27, 2014 Hurricane Katrina As Hurricane Katrina struck land in New Orleans people who didn’t leave the city were staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. Only Katrina’s gun was loaded with 140 mph gale force winds and crushing flood waters. The effects of the hurricane’s wrath were devastating enough to cause 75 billion dollars in damage. (Hurricane Katrina) Raging through while demolishing buildings, leveling entire suburbs, and taking thousands of lives was what this storm was hell bent on accomplishing. For those who didn’t leave the city, whether they couldn’t afford the costs, seeked the thrill of the storm, or just simply didn’t wanna leave on the opened interstates, (Beller) the storm
Hurricanes Hurricanes can be one of the most deadly natural disasters in the world today. One of the most deadly hurricanes ever was Hurricane Hazel. This Hurricane struck in 1954 killing over one thousand people in Haiti, then it took landfall in the United States, South Carolina being its first stop. Through this essay, I shall explain the structure and the movements of Hurricane Hazel and explain how this hurricane was such a deadly force. Even though Hurricane Hazel had devastating winds, it was not known for that, it was known for its speed.
IT Project Implementation Failures Implementing a new IT project of any kind can be a time consuming task and require a great deal of preparation. It is not a task that can be rushed and if it is, chances are it will not be successful. In the case of the CPOE implementation at the Memorial Health System, the project was destined to fail because of the rushed requirements analysis. It only took six months to complete the acquisition process but a more appropriate and thorough process would have taken longer. From the time the project was introduced, organizational inertia was present in the way physicians responded to the changes that would be required to implement the new system.
Hurricane Katrina Abstract . Hurricane Katrina is the costliest natural disasters to hit the United States (US) and is one of the five most deadly hurricanes in US history. It was also one of the worst responses to a natural disaster. The Public Safety and Emergency Management were not prepared or ready to respond to such a disaster. This caused many changes in policy at all levels and new ways to train and respond to disasters were created following this event.
Reorganizing bureaucracy is a typical governmental response to a disaster such as 9/11, in this case, growing evidence suggests that placing so many disparate agencies and departments under one roof has created more problems than it has solved. So with a new administration in place, now is the time to reexamine Homeland Security's structure and make the necessary changes to ensure it can effectively prevent future terrorist attacks and mitigate the results of natural disasters. The unprecedented nature of the current threat to the U.S., and the traditional role of the military in American society, raises challenges for homeland defense (HLD) and homeland security (HLS) planning in the current strategic environment. For military planners at United States Northern Command (and counter-terrorism planners at the Department of Homeland Security [DHS]), specific questions seem dominant: What exactly is the threat? What part of this threat is a “national security threat” or “foreign aggression” that is a DOD responsibility as part of the Homeland Defense mission?
For example, Hurricane Katrina was a strong category five storm that was above average because of global warming. Gore mentions how textbooks were changed and how, in the United States, cities have broken all-time records for catastrophic weather conditions. Now is the time to act to prevent global warming before it destroys more people’s lives. Textbooks had to be rewritten when the first hurricane hit Brazil. Gore stated that the books used to say, "It's impossible to have a hurricane in the South Atlantic” (618).
Scenario On August 29, 2005 the Golf States were affected by Hurricane Katrina. The states that were affected by the hurricane were Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Although hurricane Katrina hit most of the Golf Coast, this research paper was focused on the City of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina was so powerful that when it hit Louisiana it breached the levees of New Orleans and flooded much of the city. As people were watching the impact from hurricane Katrina on television, thousands of people of New Orleans were stranded on their rooftops.