Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest hurricanes, ever to hit the United States. There were extraordinary problems to deal with, and it was difficult to solve. Many things were lost, damaged, and washed away in the water. People had to fight through the flood to survive. However, New Orleans stuck together and had to be strong all the way.
In a case study called “Vulnerable Populations” Dr. Richard Zoraster (2010) mentions “Hurricane Katrina demonstrated many of the risk within the United States. These factors include poverty, home ownership, poor English, ethnic minorities, immigrant status and high density housing”. Social vulnerable populations are at risk during a disaster because of their socio-economic standing. Lack of money and transportation hindered their attempts to evacuate. Furthermore, a large number of residents did not trust the local authorities and refused to evacuate.
There was no adequate preparation by the government and the residents to deal with the disaster. There was a wide system catastrophe at the emergency service department, which involved an inadequate amount of paramedics and ambulances to attend to emergency calls within a reasonable time. The local hospital doesn’t have enough resources; some were on bypass mode, which prevented them from accepting very sick
The creation of DHS to some extent undermined the roles and responsibilities of FEMA. The independence of FEMA was undermined, thus explaining the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. FEMA lacked funds and resources to undertake her roles and responsibilities of Emergency Management (George et al, p.19). As a result, over 1,800 lives were lost and tens of thousands were displaced. Restoring FEMA’s independence took center stage during Obama’s administration; however, DHS claimed, FEMA was its fundamental organ (George et al, p. 24).
President Bush signed a $10 billion relief package within four days of the hurricane, he ordered 7,000 troops to help with relief efforts. There was also concern that many National Guard units were short staffed in states surrounding, because some were deployed overseas and recruiting efforts in schools and the community had been shorted. Due to the slow response to the hurricane, New Orleans's top emergency management official called it a "national disgrace" and questioned when additional aid would actually reach the desperate city. The city's emergency ops chief Terry Ebbert blamed the response on the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The mayor Ray Nagin expressed his anger at what he claimed were lousy reinforcements provided by the President and the federal government.
Wasted time. It’s something all people scold themselves for doing. But what happens when that wasted time means that there have been lives lost. That is surprisingly what happened in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti(Brown). Rescuers had been wasting time setting up security instead of helping those in need(Brown).
In fact 1 in 3 people that lived in New Orleans came back while the others didn’t. When rebuilding the city, 60 percent or the people 's voices weren’t heard at all. Everyone realized that after Katrina hit the cities, that they will never be the same. As the total economic impact cost the government around $160 billion dollars ( The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica
Due to no one working there will be no money for the government to run on. The president and all the people in the White House will also have a high risk of dying so therefore they will not feel like working either. Natural resources and supplies will disappear as well. Without people working there will be nobody to maintain our natural resources. Our food supply will run out as well because farmers will not be able to tend to the farms and gardens that provide us with certain foods.
What horrible things did the continental army have to suffer in their six- month encampment? They experienced hunger, diseases, and death. Since it was cold some couldn 't bathe causing them to have bad hygiene. Also at the time smallpox and pneumonia was being spread. Since there weren 't many medical supplies, some couldn 't be treated.
It is because of the mistrust of healthcare providers, and the lack of health insurance. Although Henrietta Lacks helped cure different diseases and viruses, without informed consent, her family was suffering. Just like the victims of the Tuskegee study, Henrietta was also a poor patient. Scientist and healthcare providers like to take advantage of the poor for their research. “The research subjects didn't ask questions.
They were afraid that they would lose them or never hear from them again. With this fear and the addition of the draft that caused families to be split up. The draft also made it to where the men were being forced to serve even if they did not want to. There was a loss of younger children and older family members from the war and there was a hard time trying to communicate with one another. The lack of communication added an extra burden because there was no instant response.
Neighboring buildings, had dusts on the inside of the buildings for months, leading to many workers with several respirator issues. If the United States government didn’t cut corners with its research and actual air testing, many people lives would’ve been saved today. Lying to the public proved to be a bad decision when it came to the health of the people. They cut corners to save money. They even refused to give masks and ventilators to those who were working down at Ground Zero.
People all around the world have no chance of surviving simple to treat diseases or sicknesses due to the fact that they can’t afford health insurance. In the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” it says “...the last thing he remembered before falling unconscious under the anesthesia was a doctor saying his mother’s cells were one of the most important things that had ever happened to medicine. Sonny woke up more than $125,000 in debt because he didn’t have health insurance to cover the surgery (Lacks 306).” This quote shows how people that can’t afford health insurance because they are poor are expected to pay the money for the surgery. His own mother’s cells were the biggest breakthrough in medicine history but her son couldn’t afford health insurance. This is something that is happening all over our world today.
After the September 11 attacks in 2001, FEMA’s mission to respond to natural disasters became more complicated. At the state and local level, focus was put on terrorist attacks. During the time that Katrina hit, disaster responses plans were focused on, and being developed for terrorist attacks. Natural disaster response plans were not given the same attention. The fictional Hurricane Pam exercises funding was cut short after $850,000 was spent on the exercise.