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Kimberly Glennon Governmental Approach to the Evacuation of New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina Mayor Ray Nagin had an important decision to make in August 2005 as Hurricane Katrina made its approach on his city of New Orleans, LA. The question of whether to evacuate its citizens or not was not clear, but with the clock ticking, Nagin needed to pick a course of action and act. Using Graham Allison’s Governmental Model, Nagin’s path to his ultimate decision to evacuate the city becomes clearer. Action, in this model, is viewed as political resultant (Allison). This model compares much of its course of action and decision making to a game. The Organizing Concepts play a great role in understanding the Governmental Model. First, the players in positions, or those individuals whose interests and actions have a role in the outcome of the decision, must be identified (Allison). In the case of the evacuation, Mayor Nagin would be the chief individual, as he is the one who officially called for the evacuation. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco was also a player in the evacuation when she declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, two days before the evacuation, proving further to Nagin that something must be done (ThinkProgress). President Bush would also be considered a player, as he permitted the issuing of a federal state of emergency just one day before the official evacuation (ThinkProgress). After figuring out such players, the factors that will shape player’s perspectives need to be defined. The parochial priority, or narrow goal, from the Mayor’s position is to keep his citizens and city as safe as possible, which the evacuation did. Nagin’s interests also aligned with the goals and interests on a national scope—the entire country became
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