Wilkes Professor Nora Kabaji English 100 12 July 2009 Hurricane Ike Texas was not prepared for what was about to devastate the people, animals, homes, and communities along the coast. Hurricane Ike was a huge and powerful storm that brought along a majority of the water in the Gulf of Mexico to the coast of Texas on September 13, 2008. Ike was a category two hurricane that was only one miles per hour from becoming a category three. Hurricane Ike caused a lot of damage such as flooding, wind, and even fires. Evacuations started only a couple of days before the hurricane made landfall and many decided to ride out the storm.
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
How Hurricane Katrina effect gas prices Outrageous gasoline prices is something that all American face at the pump in today economy. Many American wonder what is the cause of the high rates at the pump. There are many factors involved in the answer to the question on what causes gasoline prices to increase suddenly. In 2005, Labor Day Weekend gas prices rose dramatically after hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States. The devastation of hurricane Katrina damaged many of the United States oil refineries, causing a decrease in crude oil supply, which caused a decrease in gasoline supply.
Chapter 26: Hurricane Camille Hurricane Camille was a disastrous storm with catastrophic damage including the destruction of many towns and lives even after making landfall and weakening. As most tropical systems, Camille began as a tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa. Camille began to strengthen as it moved across the Atlantic reaching hurricane strength as is approached Cuba. Once Camille entered the Gulf of Mexico, Air Force reconnaissance measured wind speeds of up to 200 mph and a central pressure around 901 mb. Evacuation was strongly recommended for areas along the Gulf from Louisiana to Florida, though some residents refused to evacuate the area.
Hurricane Katrina became known as one of the most disastrous and expensive natural disasters in US history. Four months after the storm hit, the death toll was over 1,300 with hundreds still missing and the estimated property damage exceeded $75 billion. It also became one of embarrassment for our country due to our government’s failure to properly respond and poor communications. There are many lessons we can learn from their poor response, including how to properly assess risk, plan in a timely manner, and communicate effectively. Since New Orleans primarily lies below sea level, the protective barriers or levee systems should have been assessed to determine the winds it was capable of withstanding.
FEMA: Learning the Hard Way Student Name ESOL 400 Mary Warden Last Name 1 FEMA: Learning The Hard Way In August 29, 2005, one of the most devastating natural disasters struck the United States. Hurricane Katrina made an enormous damage to the people living in the Gulf Coast. The hurricane left an unimaginable suffering to people physically, psychologically, and financially. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), whose role was to prepare and organize actions necessary to warn and help people in national emergency situations, seemed to be disorganized delaying the help people needed in this particular situation. Hence, FEMA’s lack of preparation and organization led to a greater damage and suffering to people.
People actually just packed up their life and moved away. Mark Sauer, a Polio Survivor is quoted with saying that Polio ‘was the robber of hope for a generation, several generations of children, there were many other diseases that were bad for America, but Polio broke its heart.’ The disease did not seem to have rhyme or reason and acted much like a tornado, affecting some but not others. With the absence of any concrete knowledge on how to stop the spread of Polio, panic and hysteria took over. Sunday schools closed and children under the age of 16 were not allowed to attend local theaters. Medical professionals and scientists initially blamed the spread on the filth and overcrowding in the immigrant neighborhoods.
Ike was the second costliest Atlantic hurricane of all time, only surpassed by Hurricane Katrina of 2005 (not adjusted for inflation; if adjusted, Ike would be the third costliest storm).  It became the largest search-and-rescue operation in U.S. history.  It was also resulted in millions leaving the Houston/Galveston area and other parts of Texas. However, Hurricane Rita still holds the designation as the largest U.S. evacuation in history.
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.
The Effects of Hurricanes Hurricanes also known as Cyclones are amongst the strongest storms on earth, which have plagued man for centuries. Jay Barnes confirms this timeline, with this passage “They are called hurricanes in the Western Hemisphere, a term probably derived from ‘Hurukan,’ the name of the Mayan storm god, and other similar native Caribbean words translated as ‘evil spirit’ or ‘big wind’.” ( 6). Every year, in the summer season, these forces of nature begin to form themselves sometimes less numerous then the year before and sometimes in greater numbers witnessed in a decade. For future reference hurricanes are often named, not only to keep track of them but also people that have experienced them, tend to remember these storms by their name. They are born from tropic waters that affect quite a few across the world but in the Gulf of Mexico they tend to wreak particular havoc.