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Hurricane Katrina and Rita


Introduction: This part discusses the background of Hurricane Katrina

Action of the Authorities: It discusses the actions taken by the state, federal and local authorities.

The preeminence of state and local government: It explains the proactive approach taken by the governments

Federal Agency for Emergency Management: This section describes the role played by the Federal Agency for Emergency Management

Hurricane Rita: Provides background of the Hurricane Rita

Comparison between the two hurricanes: This section provides comparison between the two hurricanes in terms of risk and prevention management.

Crisis and Risk Management: The risk analysis and risk management done by the authorities

Bush Administration in Risk Management: This section discusses the actions taken by the Bush Administration at the time of Katrina

The lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina led to success against Rita: This section provides the facts that were learned after Katrina and then used in the prevention management of Rita.

Hurricane Katrina and Rita


Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadly, destructive and costly tropical cyclones in the history of United States. Katrina was part of the hurricane season of Atlantic, in 2005. It was the third storm of that season. It was a large tropical cyclone that struck southern and central United States in August 2005. It caused extensive damage in Florida, Bahamas, Louisiana and Mississippi, including material damage and severe flooding. Landfall on the coast of Louisiana turned into a Category 3 hurricane on August 29, and although at the last moment it deviated slightly from its route, which passed directly through the city of New Orleans.

There was massive devastation in the same and surrounding areas. Since the damage became one of the most devastating hurricanes in the United States, in recent history, therefore, it has become the greatest natural disaster in the history of the country. Katrina is estimated to cause damage of 75 billion U.S. dollars, becoming the costliest hurricane in the history of the United States. The storm killed 1,836 people, making it the deadliest hurricane since Hurricane San Felipe II which was happened in 1928. In this paper, we are discussing the state, federal and local government response towards the Hurricane Katrina, and also comparing their response to the Hurricane Rita.

Action of the Authorities

On September 8, in the rescue operation, in the disaster area, 43,000 U.S. National Guard were involved, around 4000 Coast Guard employees and 15 thousand soldiers of the regular army. However, the actions of the authorities have been criticized. Senator from Louisiana, Republican David Vitter, placed the lowest rating of the Bush administration for the efforts of the government relief effort. American filmmaker and social activist Michael Moore in September 2005, accusing the country's leadership in an open letter, for reducing the costs of engineering armies, which, in his view, led to serious consequences (Fitzpatrick, 2006).

The preeminence of state and local government

In the U.S., disaster management had traditionally been the remit of governors and local authorities, who benefit when, needed the support of the federal government. This rule of governors and local authorities is due ...
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