By Alan Marzilli
Typhoon Katrina delivered to mild many questions about americans' preparedness for dealing with large-scale mess ups: Is FEMA potent? Are the neighborhood, kingdom, and federal governments sufficiently coordinated? what's the function of the nationwide safeguard and the military Corps of Engineers in responding to failures? Is federal flood assurance able to slicing charges? interpreting those matters from diverse views, catastrophe reduction deals scholars the instruments to shape their very own critiques through bringing fresh occasions into balanced concentration.
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Nagin and high-profile figures such as Reverend Jesse Jackson sharply criticized the federal government for its failures to respond effectively to Katrina. Some questioned whether the federal government was insensitive to the plight of people in New Orleans because many of the people who did not evacuate prior to the storm were poor African Americans. Other leaders, however, questioned whether local and state politicians should rely on the federal government to prepare for and respond to large-scale disasters.
Iii) The State provides a portion of the non-Federal match for [the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program] and/or other mitigation projects. (iv) To the extent allowed by State law, the State requires or encourages local governments to use a current version of a nationally applicable model building code or standard that addresses natural hazards as a basis for design and construction of State sponsored mitigation projects. (v) A comprehensive, multi-year plan to mitigate the risks posed to existing buildings that have been identified as necessary for post-disaster response and recovery operations.
25 State and local governments must improve disaster planning and response. The consensus opinion appears to be that the response to Hurricane Katrina represented a failure at all levels of government—local, state, and federal. Although proponents of a limited federal government would argue that federal failures were inevitable, many believe that local and state governments also made mistakes that could have been avoided through better preparation. ”26 The group envisions the federal government’s role as providing resources specifically requested by localities or states.
Disaster Relief (Point Counterpoint) by Alan Marzilli