Political - inaccessible Too much attention to the threat...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 4/9/11 The Political Costs of Failure The Blame Game and the Lessons Learned
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4/9/11 Leadership and Katrina and Rita National embarrassment over the poor response to Katrina Bad examples provided by Mayor Nagin in New Orleans, Governor Blanco in Baton Rouge, Michael Brown at FEMA, Michael Chertoff at Homeland Security, and President Bush – but others also responsible Good examples provided by Admiral Thad Allen and General Russel Honore and others
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4/9/11 Capacity issues A much weakened FEMA and the Michael Brown story Poor preparation along the Gulf coast – the states and the localities Deployments of Louisiana and Mississippi National Guard units to Iraq and Afghanistan – much depleted forces remained Poor implementation of emergency plans Poor communications
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4/9/11 The impact of catastrophic events The scale of the disaster itself – communities were overwhelmed Large parts of the Gulf coast were
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Unformatted text preview: inaccessible Too much attention to the threat of terrorism at the expense of attention to the threat of natural disaster A natural and a manmade disaster – too many people in harms way 4/9/11 Political and organizational issues Confusion over roles – lawyers asked to sort out responsibilities of the mayor, governor, and other officials Centralization versus decentralization – problem of decisions centralized in Washington FEMA greatly understaffed and underfunded EMAC and other resource sharing programs worked well, but did not provide support for recovery 4/9/11 Lingering problems Permanent housing Sustainable redevelopment, including buyouts for property that should not be redeveloped Jobs Better land-use planning and building codes Role of the military – NORTHCOM as a disaster agency? Defining the roles better, especially the roles of emergency managers...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2011 for the course POLS 2401 taught by Professor Malbrough during the Fall '08 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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