Summary: The Katrina Breakdown

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The Katrina Breakdown
Sylvia M. Bermudez
Grand Canyon University
March 14, 2018

The Katrina Breakdown

In August of 2005, the eye of Hurricane Katrina hit the area near Buras, Louisiana, with winds reaching over 140mph. Hurricane Katrina was a Category 4 hurricane that caused destruction and chaos across the regions of southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama (Starling, 2011). The Katrina hurricane was one of the worst disasters to hit the United States and occurred unfortunately, despite the warnings of experts of the “flood dangers faced by New Orleans” much of which is under sea-level (p. 149). The aftermath of Katrina caused blame and finger pointing among the state and federal governments and had many questioning who was responsible for the thousands of people, who were left stranded after the hurricane.
Which of the three perspectives do you find most persuasive? Lease persuasive? Support your answer
The perspective which I found to be most persuasive was number 1, by Professor Stephen M. Griffin. Professor Griffin points out that the true cause of the failure of Katrina was due to the “structural weaknesses in the U.S. Constitution” which lack the mechanisms to coordinate the work
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A centralized response to a national disaster could serve to improve processes and procedures for responding to such disasters and would ensure that the necessary supplies, resources and personnel are available to help. A centralized response could also ensure the response of government is not only effective but prompt and would prevent another situation like Katrina in which a lack of government representation and intervention were to blame for the delayed response for aid to the city of New

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