Insurance companies were pounded after the storm with many insurance claims due to all the flooding and wind damage. A lot of policies would not cover the flooding that was caused by storm surge. This left a lot of people with no money to fix their homes and an insurance policy that is useless. Not only were the people homeless, but also lost all of their clothes, beds, and valuables. Many of the valuables and memories could not be replaced.
According to “Document D”, in 1607 August through October “Summer sickness kills half the colonists” The summer of 1607 was so severe that it killed 50 people. This was more than half of the amount of people left. They in anyway couldn’t have known that such an aggressive summer would hit them. Unlike the 21 century, the colonists then did not have radars which could predict how the summer would be. They could not have saved
Police brutality was seen as commonplace, and 95% of the Watts police force was white. This helped foster hatred towards the police, and white people, as the black population did not feel equal. The schools that black students attended were of poor quality, and seen as a reason for the lack of employment and employable skills in the black community. The economic impact of the riots can be seen in multiple areas. There were 288 local businesses looted and burned, which were not capable of being rebuilt and never returned following the Watts Riots.
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
“Hurricane Mitch was more destructive than Andrew because of a variety of factors.” Mitch is considered to be the most deadly hurricane in the last 200 years in the Atlantic, stronger and more intense than Hurricane Andrew, having caused the most serious material damage in history. In Mitch, 4 countries were affected (Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guaternala) whereas in Andrew only a fraction of South America was seriously affected. In Mitch 10ml people were left homeless without shelter and aid, with mothers washed out to see and thousands trapped, as well as the possibility of more floods. In Andrew hundreds and thousands of people were without food but food and water were provided sooner than they were to the poor countries that Mitch affected. A
Over 1,800 people died and more than $81 billion dollars in damage was done to the cities. Life in New Orleans would never be the same after that day. The people of the United States just watched as Mother Nature destroyed years of hard work and labor in a matter of minutes and days. “The storm surge breached the city's levees at multiple points, leaving 80 percent of the city submerged, tens of thousands of victims clinging to rooftops, and hundreds of thousands scattered to shelters around the country”(Ted Jackson). “The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Common Ground Collective, Emergency Communities and many other charitable organizations provided housing, food, and water to victims of the storm.
Natural disasters are devastating occurances that not only have the ability to rip apart buildings and homes, but also the lives of the citizens who happen to be in their destructive paths. Hurricanes, specifically, are the most tragic natural disasters of them all. With wind speeds between seventy-five to two-hundred miles per hour, and torrential downpour, hurricanes hold the unfortunate title of "worst case scenario". In 2005, the second worst hurricane in recorded United States history called Hurricane Katrina, struck the south eastern portion of the U.S. Most of it's damage was centered in New Orleans, but it also caused significant catastrophe to those who were living in southern Florida and Mississippi.
Hurricane Katrina reached New Orleans on August 29, 2005 , as a powerful Category 5 hurricane. Hurricane Katrina impacted the lives of people who mainly reside in New Orleans, Louisiana, although surrounding areas were affected as well. New Orleans suffered great damage as a result of this storm. Damaged or lost property is still under renovation and it is believed to take many more years, until the city is completely restored. Hurricane Katrina consisted of much high wind strength and power which led to levies to fail, and developed flooding in the area.
Examples of the environmental justice issues were inferior educational opportunities and poor housing accommodations. The housing facilities that were occupied by Puerto Ricans were infested with lead contamination. This caused many health issues within the Puerto Rican communities, this identified that the city had a lead poison problem. Other environmental issues that effected Puerto Rican communities in New York City during the 1970’s were poor sanitation services. Many of the city employees refused to provide sanitation services to the Puerto Rican neighbors, which would create numerous health issues.
In the summer of 1995, Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of the Southern United States, most notably devastating New Orleans, where levees did not hold, communities were built below sea level, and the lowest social classes found themselves losing what little they had. Pastor et al. note that we often make the assumption that “natural disasters are a sort of equal opportunity affair” that wreak havoc and suffering equally on their victims, regardless of age, gender, or social class (2006: 1). The events of the days and months following the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, however, reminded us as a nation that this is not the case. Social class and race (the details of this interaction are beyond the scope of this paper) impacted their vulnerability, affecting everything from where in the city people lived to their capacity to evacuate to what they had to return