Pros And Cons Of Katrina

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Bradford Platt English S102 Dr. Anderson Sept. 28, 09 Katrina’s (Evacuation) Chaos American citizens were caught in the major crisis known to the United States as a category 3 hurricane named Katrina. Many U.S. citizens: young, old, sick, healthy, black, white, and other nationalities in the path of danger were expendable in the sight of government. Most of these citizens were poor, the people who mainly live from paycheck to paycheck, The Mayor of this great city left without the assurance that his citizens were in safe havens. On August 27, the Mayor of New Orleans gave the first voluntary evacuation order, because Hurricane Katrina would be a threat to the city and to the lives of its citizens. However, some believe that the…show more content…
The Cuban government, which says it has been preparing for a storm of this magnitude for the last 45 years, successfully evacuates between 1.5 and 1.9 million of its residents—more than 13 percent of its entire population—to shelters at higher ground. The entire evacuation takes 72 hours and utilizes every truck and bus available. All the shelters “have medical personnel, from the neighborhood, they also evacuated animals and veterinarians, TV sets and refrigerators “so that people aren’t reluctant to leave because people might steal their stuff,” he says.,” according to, a sociology professor at the University of New Mexico, and specialist in Latin America. (Dr. Nelson Valdes…show more content…
The United Nations International Secretariat for Disaster Reduction later cites Cuba as a model for hurricane preparation. The Cuban way could easily be applied to other countries with similar economic conditions and even in countries with greater resources that do not manage to protect their population. On Sept.14, 04, Hurricane Ivan gave to the city of New Orleans a warning as to a need to upgrade their present evacuation plan. Hurricane Ivan approaches the Southern Gulf Coast. Residents of New Orleans have been urged to leave the city, but its evacuation routes were so congested, the authorities acknowledge that hundreds of thousands of residents would not get out in time. Leslie Phillips January 31, 2006 stated from the government’s point of view, “in the days leading up to Katrina’s landfall, 85 percent of the city evacuated successfully the 85 percent that were ambulatory and had, found, or could afford transportation, and had a place to stay. That is the one bright spot in this tale. However, many of the city’s most vulnerable populations – the poor, the sick, and the aged – were left behind. The city opened the Superdome as a refuge of last resort, but the Dome was ill equipped to accommodate the tens of thousands who would flock there in desperation to escape the rising floodwaters. Hospitals and nursing homes – filled with the sick and the

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