Hurricane Katrina Scenarios

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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. Within 24 hours, Americans found out that most of the people that were stranded were poor and black. The people of New Orleans, after being flooded out of their homes, had to relay on the…show more content…
Was there no sense of urgency to help those that were stranded? She is curious if all branches of the government thought the people of New Orleans were not worthy to be helped. Eliza Hubbard wondered why government and private agencies did not act in a swift manner. She writes “there have been lesser emergencies around the world where the United States deployed assistance immediately.” Author’s Inquiry The author is investigating if the outcome of hurricane Katrina is racially motivated. She brought up the question “if the scenario happened in a white, affluent area, would help have been deployed immediately?” She if referring to the fact that it took all levels of the government an extensive amount of time to help the people of New Orleans. Because the city of New Orleans is in the south which has deep racists’ roots, Eliza Hubbard research question asks: Was the lack of the U.S, Government’s response to the disaster in New Orleans racially motivated? Collecting…show more content…
There are too many flaws in the government response to institute aid. For instance, the author mentioned that President Bush was on vacation when the news broke of Hurricane Katrina, and he went to San Diego to discuss immigration and not Hurricane Katrina. Also, the author mentioned that the director of FEMA waited five hours after Hurricane Katrina struck to request assistance from Homeland Security. Their actions were negligence because they knew people were hungry, cold, scared, and waiting for help but did not act in a timely manner. Everyone in all levels of government could of acted right way but chose not to. For example, the president could have canceled his speech or talked about the hurricane, and FEMA knew about the path of the storm and could have asked before the storm stuck for

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