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Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that the United States was unprepared to deal with a disaster of such magnitude. Even though, as indicated in the senate report, “Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared,” the government knew for many years that a devastating hurricane was quite likely to strike New Orleans, planning was insufficient and no solid strategy existed for response. Lack of strategy delayed response when time was of the essence and a lack of leadership and unsuccessful coordination efforts actually contributed to additional destruction and distress.

Multiple serious mistakes were made during first-response efforts and the recovery stage after Hurricane Katrina, which ultimately contributed to the development of new standards, procedures, and agencies. Lessons learned from this catastrophe had a significant impact on preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts at every level of government. The mistakes of Katrina and the resulting recommendations for improving practices within the United States are documented in “Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared.”

The report is lengthy; however, the following sections provide a comprehensive overview of deficiencies in the areas of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Executive Summary

Chapter 2: Hurricane Katrina: Indicators of Impact

Chapter 5: Hurricane Katrina: Timeline of Key Events

Chapter 6: Emergency Management: Louisiana

Chapter 8: “Hurricane Pam”: Warning Flag for Katrina

Chapter 18: Communication Voids

Chapter 19: Lack of Situational Awareness

Chapter 27: Failures in National Response Plan: Unified Command

Chapter 28: FEMA Waste and Fraud


Your task is to read these sections of the report and prepare a presentation for the mayor of your city demonstrating the major deficiencies in the area of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Based on the report, your analysis of your state’s emergency plan in Module 2, and any additional research, make recommendations in a PowerPoint presentation (15-20 slides) for what your city needs to do to make sure it is as prepared as possible for potential threats.

Be sure to address the following:

Identify the major deficiencies in preparedness and mitigation planning that left the Gulf Coast vulnerable to a major disaster. Address how lack of effective risk assessment and hazard analysis played a role in worsening the devastation.

Identify problems with communication and operations that worsened the impact of the storm during the response phase.

Identify major problems with both short- and long-term recovery in the aftermath of the storm.

Identify the most important lessons your own city should learn from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Recommend what your city should do to address its major weakness in the areas of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery in order to ensure it is as prepared as possible. Include recommendations for the role training and exercises should play in ensuring preparedness.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

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EMM-300 Senate Report on Hurricane Katrina Presentation REQUIREMENTS: The presentation identifies major deficiencies in preparedness and mitigation planning in the Gulf Coast region. It also addresses how lack of effective risk assessment and hazard analysis worsened the devastation. POSSIBLE 25 The presentation identifies problems with communication and operations in the response phase of the disaster. 25 The presentation identifies major problems with both short- and long-term recovery after the disaster. 20 The presentation identifies the most important lessons to be learned from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina that can be applied in the student’s own city. 20 Recommendations to improve weaknesses in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery in the student’s region are included. Recommendations for training and exercises are included as well. 20 Mechanics of Writing: 20 • Student is clearly in control of standard, written American English. • All work includes correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Language Use and Audience Awareness: • • 20 Student uses correct sentence construction, word choice, etc. Student uses language in a manner that is appropriate to the purpose, discipline, and scope of the assignment. TOTAL 150 © 2014. Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved. ACTUAL
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Hurricane Katrina
• Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast in August 2005, affecting
millions of people from Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana
• The category three hurricane severely affected the people of New
Orleans, Louisiana.
• Winds of about 100 to 140 miles an hour were brought by the
hurricane, across to 4 5oo miles of the coastline.
• According to Lindell, Prater, and Perry (2007), smaller departments in
some systems may have had issues in maintaining the evacuation to
safer areas as they were not well equipped with NIMS training.
• Most of the losses were generated by the tail when the storm struck
• Emergency managers in the locality were not able to offer rapid
services as they were not prepared for that level of incidents

• The people living in the affected areas were not fully equipped, just
like any other disaster
• Some argue that there was an alarm, before the occurrence of the
disaster by the people and local government. They say the warning
was given one hour prior and it was enough for people to evacuate to
• However, there is never enough time to escape the effects of a

• There was lack of preparedness, both from each ward of the local
government of and significant cities for such a disastrous event like
• It is understandable that the emergency managers could not respond
right away, not until...

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