Major Disasters Essay

763 WordsJan 17, 20124 Pages
Major Disasters The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina in August 2005, showed that major disasters pose many challenges to the people and governments of the United States. The challenges not only threaten the lives of Americans, but also the justice system. The September 11, 2001, terrorist attack and Hurricane Katrina imposed a remarkable burden on the law and, in the case of Hurricane Katrina, the justice system literally collapsed. Hurricane Katrina impacted the Gulf Coast of the United States on a scale and intensity that was unmatched for the region. Special problems of policing were posed before, during, and after the hurricane. Before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast region, the reports on the intensity of the storm were inconsistent and, consequently, the general state of preparedness was unsure. Mixed signals were given, not only to the public at large, but to emergency and security responders as well. Under these circumstances, the police response was not clearly planned right from the moment when the storm was anticipated. Among emergency responders, there were no well-defined roles of what needed to be done and who would have to do it, and there were no pre-specified plans for evacuation and rescue. Though there are many different types of disasters, both man-made and natural, the response of the police to these events for the most part should be the same. Planning for or anticipating a major disaster will help keep law enforcement prepared for any disaster that may occur. Structures must be well planned out and should encompass any major disaster that may arise. Man-made disasters, like terrorist’s attacks, such as 9/11, cause a sense of vulnerability. Natural disasters, such as hurricane Katrina, tornadoes and fires, all cause specific damage and chaos. A strong police presence in both

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