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A 30 page overview of emergency management. Speaking largely from the perspective of the events that unfolded prior to, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, the author addresses such aspects of emergency management as preplanning, evacuation, fire fighting, health care, and housing. Bibliography lists 18 sources.
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Our federal, state and local governments are involved in many aspects of protecting their citizens. From protecting our basic human rights, to protecting
us from disease, to protecting us from one another, our governments play a critical role. A particularly interesting arena in which the various forms of government have gone to
tremendous lengths in protecting their citizens is in emergency preparedness. Hurricanes present one of the most frequent types of emergencies. They are one of the most powerful of
natures many faces. The damages that were incurred in this storm, however, would not have been as extensive without a combination of other factors. Roberts (2005) reports, for
example, that poorly constructed levees combined with inadequate emergency planning and "botched contract work" to result in the degree of disaster that was ultimately incurred.
Katrina emphasizes the fact that hurricanes can have a tremendous impact to life and property. Despite the fact that they play an important ecological and
climatological role, hurricanes are among the most dreaded of climatic events. Hurricane Katrina, the hurricane that hit Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana between August 25 and August 30, 2005, was
one of the worst hurricanes of history. Hurricane Katrina howled ashore destroying entire communities in its wake. When the storm subsided emergency managers were faced with everything from
toxic waters, live electrical wires, and uncontained human waste to all sorts of biological dangers such as displaced snakes, alligators and humans. All were looking to find a place
to isolate themselves from the horrors they had just experienced but isolation was not soon forthcoming. The extent of the damage was directly related to one degree or another