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Katrina Essay - Lockwood 1 Stephen Lockwood Ms Flanagan AP...

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Lockwood 1 Stephen Lockwood Ms. Flanagan AP Government: Per 5 14 September 2006 Unprepared For What We Should Have Been On Friday, August 26, 2005 our nation was struck with one of the most devastating hurricanes in its history. Although areas such as New Orleans experience hurricanes every year, ones this severe are rare and disastrous. As the hurricane grew in intensity, the awareness within Louisiana cultivated as well, but even though it was broadcasted throughout the nation, not too many people, including our government officials seemed to be heavily concerned with its progression. I feel that as a nation we did not do enough to help support those in New Orleans who were not only suffering, but dying as well. Our government failed to respond to the warnings they were given, and even when they did, it was with little urgency and was insufficient. On August 28, 2005 just two days after the hurricane had begun to strike awareness it had been raised to level 5, which in that case called for everyone in New Orleans to evacuate. One major problem with having the people in New Orleans evacuate is that most of the citizens did not have anywhere to go. Not only did they lack a destination, but also most of the citizens living in poverty had no means of transportation to get them away from the storm. Also keeping in
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