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The Wrath Of Mother Nature: Disaster Management Of Hurricane Katrina

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Mother Nature is a force that can bring both great and terrible things upon humanity. Humans live out their lives in tranquility; living in environments that have stable climates suitable to raise a family or pursue careers. The Earth is truly a great place to live however, occasionally Mother Nature will show her ugly side. This ugly side just happens to be the natural disasters that affect the many people that populate planet Earth. Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters ever recorded. With fierce winds and high water levels Katrina hit the city of New Orleans with great force on Monday Aug 29th 2005 (Oshinsky). The water rose so high that it left about 80 percent of New ...view middle of the document...

The head of FEMA Michael D. Brown deliberately told fire and rescue teams from other counties not to respond to Hurricane Katrina without being properly dispatched by state authorities (National Geographic). This caused the loss of much help that was needed and could have possibly saved lives. FEMA was trying to control outside help which caused things to ultimately get worse (National Geographic). They turned away Wal-Mart trucks full of supplies and even evacuation attempts claiming that none of these third parties had the authorization to supply this help (National Geographic). The people of New Orleans needed supplies desperately and FEMA was standing in the way of the people trying to help. It seemed that any attempt by FEMA to provide help failed one of which was when the agency ordered 100 million dollars worth of ice for hospitals, the ice never even made it to the disaster area (National Geographic). Although FEMA was trying to help they seemed to be doing more bad then good. Another bad deed was that they were not allowing certain doctors to assist dying patients claiming that they were concerned with the legal liability of allowing the physicians to work on these patients (National Geographic). Head of FEMA Michael Brown was later revealed to have little to no experience with emergency management when he was put at the helm of the agency by President Bush two years prior to Katrina (National Geographic). On Sep 9th Brown was called back to Washington and informed that he was being taken off as immediate supervisor of the Katrina relief (National Geographic). Three days later he resigned from his position as head of FEMA (National Geographic). FEMA was not the only group to get caught in hot water for delaying to help after Katrina, the president who in fact gave Brown his job as head of FEMA also got some unwanted criticism.
George W. Bush and his administration, like FEMA, were criticized for the lack of urgency in acting to respond to Hurricane Katrina. An example of this was when the hurricane hit on Monday, Bush did not immediately return to Washington to be briefed on what had happened in Louisiana (Weisman). He instead continued his vacation in Texas until Wednesday which was two days after the natural disaster had hit. Bush visited New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina and was very optimistic on rebuilding the city back to what it was, but the people of New Orleans still felt a lack of urgency to get the city back up and running (Weisman). To make matters worse Vice President Dick Chaney also upset more people when he called the Southern Pines Electric Power Association and told them to divert power crews to Collins, Mississippi to ensure that the Colonial Pipeline, which carries gas and diesel fuel from Texas to the Northeast states, would not be affected (National Geographic). The reason this upset people was because those power crews that got diverted were busy trying to restore power to two hospitals that had been...

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