ESSAY HURRICANE COPING WIT H KATRINA SPECIAL SECTION HURRICANES IT'S NO T JUST ABOU T THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE .. . BY GIN A M . EOSC O AN D WILLIA M H . HOOK E n February, a House Select Committee chaired and though the underlying responsibility is diffuse, by Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) reported ("A they can be favorably shaped by slight adjustments I Failure of Initiative") on the response to Hurricane in the respective governing policy framework. This Katrina. The 379-page report finds fault at all levels is an important and urgent national matter, because of government. The White House followed with its New Orleans is not the only growing vulnerability own 228-page report ("The Federal Response to Ka- out there. There are dozens of comparable disaster trina: Lessons Learned")—less accusatory, longer on scenarios that we know about, let alone those that recommendations, but reaching similar conclusions: defy our limited imagination. These range from flood federal, state, and local emergency response need and drought to earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic improvement across the board. eruptions, and include disease pandemics as well as asteroid impacts and willful terrorist acts. Suppose, for the moment, however, that the Ka-
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 2006
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