Tutorial (12) Notes 01-25-2013
Why would Hurricane Katrina be considered a social disaster rather than a natural disaster?
New Orleans is under sea level – pan floating on water
Gulf of Mexico area
Levees – damn structure to prevent water flooding the land
Tsunami in the Indian Ocean US responded after 2 days
But in New Orleans, it took 5 days for national response even though troops were just 40 miles away.
Venezuela and other less-fortunate countries sent help before federal troops.
Prior to Katrina
FEMA (Federal Emergency Managentment Agency) director had no experience with this type of natural disaster
Levees were built to withstand a category 3 storm; and hurricane Katrina was already a category 2 when it hit the
levees yet it still failed
High % of the population had no means to evacuate – and there was a study that brought this to light too
Mayor Nagin didn’t order mandatory evacuation before it was too late
o He didn’t want to cripple the local businesses (who rely on tourism) political motive
FEMA budget cut down under Bush administration