Government Involvement During Hurricane Katrina Essay

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The storm many are aware of called Katrina was devastating to property, finances, and families and left many people clinging to life with only hope of assistance. No one seemed well prepared for a storm of this size and many people didn’t evacuate. The government had gotten something right by calling for a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Louisiana. FEMA, federal Emergency Management Association, was partially to blame for the slow reaction and help after the storm. Those elected to run our nation and protect the people were also delayed in their efforts to support the people caught in the storm. Overall, elected and appointed officials were slow in their necessary efforts and should have been quicker to help those struggling to survive after one of the most well known hurricanes to ever hit land.
There were many things destroyed and many people displaced from their homes and family. Studies show more than 400,000 people in the New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf area were forced to travel away from everything they knew (Katrina Displaced 400,000, Study Says). The emotional damage of the storm is not something easily communicated but the financial toll calculated is somewhere around $96-$125 billion, the insurance losses were looked at at around half that (Hurricane Katrina Damage Facts and Economic Effects). With so many people not where they should be and facing the financial hardships of the storm’s aftermath, the economy suffered. As well as the oil and gas pipelines damaged in the storm and unattainable through the debris. All these costs affected production, sales, and caused the Gross Domestic Product and economic growth to change from 3.8% to 1.3% by the October-December quarter. Total estimated costs to property was estimated $81 billion dollars which named it “...most destructive Atlantic tropical cyclone of 2005” (Hurricane Katrina Wikipedia).
Hurricane Katrina, along with causing mass amounts of damage, caused call for the first mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, Louisiana. Two days prior to the storm, August, 27, an evacuation notice was made. On August 27, Mayor Nagin announced voluntary evacuation which was then changed the next day to mandatory (Government- Response to Katrina). The plan was for everyone to pack up their family and most cherished possessions into their vehicle, leave the city, and return when the storm had passed. Those who did not evacuate were, days later, found on the roofs of their flooded homes, or crammed in the superdome sports arena that was not built for the winds and water expected from category 3 and above storms.
The preparations for Hurricane Katrina were seemingly simple the levees would stop most of the water from damaging the homes in areas just above sea level while everyone was evacuated but that plan was flawed since the levees were not built to withstand such a dramatic storm (Experts Say). Though the water was not recorded to have topped the levees, there was still mass amounts of...

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