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This paper examines the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in terms of it macroeconomic impact and the social realities it revealed. Various works of literature are also cited throughout the paper to add another dimension to the challenges faced by survivors of the disaster. Additionally, the paper includes the costs faced by U.S. taxpayers in rebuilding the areas affected by the Katrina and also considers the far-reaching consequences of a major evacuation of the population. Finally, the paper addresses how both the government and the private sector are inadequately prepared to effective deal with crisis situations, whether they are natural disasters or terror attacks. The paper concludes with a discussion about the importance of crisis management, particularly noting the roles of government agencies that have been founded to deal with emergency situations.
From the Paper:'Of course, natural disasters are not new, nor is the diaspora of people and the agonizing search for loved ones. In one seminal book, written in the 1960s, for example, Zulu priest Kumalo leaves his South African village to search in what for him is an alien world - the city of Johannesburg. In this alien environment, Kumalo is distraught to find his son arrested for murder, his brother turned Marxist labor protestor, and his sister turned prostitute. The dichotomy of life before and life after form a major theme that may be translated into the Katrina incident. Kumalo feels powerless in the new world - and has no safety net from which to search for his loved ones. Similarly, many families in Katrina were without basic and adequate human services, and the communication lines were so abysmal that a number of people had no clear focus and idea about their families. But it is the issues of looking at the human spirit and ability to reach down inside and overcome tremendous adversity that so characterize this recurring theme of bravery and intent - like Kumalo, many Katrina victims became Katrina survivors - finding strength deep within themselves and a way to disallow events..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Augustine, N. et.al. (2000). Harvard Business Review on Crisis Management.Harvard Business Publications.
- Brasch, Walter. (2005). 'Unacceptable': The Federal Government's Response To Hurricane Katrina. Booksurge Publications
- Cooper, Christopher and Robert Block. (2007). Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security. Holt Paperbacks.
- "Crisis Management," (n.d.) 12MANAGE-The Executive Fast Track. Cited in: http://www.12manage.com/methods_crisis_management_advice.html
- Fink, Steven. (2000). Crisis Management: Planning for the Inevitable. Blackprint.com.
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Hurricane Katrina - The Aftermath (2012, September 25) Retrieved September 28, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/hurricane-katrina-the-aftermath-151797/
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