Volunteer Organizations and Hurricane Katrina Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the role of volunteer organizations following Hurricane Katrina.
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This paper examines the role of volunteer agencies in response to Hurricane Katrina, further considering the successes and failures of some of these agencies. Additionally, the focuses on the manner in which society can learn from these successes and failures so that future responses are improved. First, the paper considers the role of volunteer organizations in the face of a disaster, particularly as they work in tandem or in place of federal assistance. Then, the paper highlights how the American Red Cross helped Katrina's victims with a fact sheet. Next, the paper describes what the Salvation Army did to help following the hurricane. The paper addresses criticism that was thrown as both organizations, such as racism and inattention to non-native English speakers. Also, the paper notes how church groups were instrumental in the relief effort. Finally, the paper discusses the lack of communication between volunteer organizations which was problematic. The paper concludes with recommendations for the future, particularly that the American Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies carefully examine their preparedness for future disasters. The research indicates that the Red Cross was ill prepared to handle the amount of people that were affected by Hurricane Katrina.


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From the Paper:

"The Salvation Army was also one of the organizations that assisted in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Like the Red Cross the Salvation Army received a great deal of money and donations from people throughout the United States. Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf Coast, the "Salvation Army is gradually using $155 million of public donations as it continues its long-term recovery plan for Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi. This second phase of the Army's overall $382 million recovery effort is using donated funds for reconstruction, housing development, volunteer programs, and job-readiness training, among other services. To help implement the plan, the Army has signed agreements with a number of organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Project Teamwork and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief ("Salvation Army continues Long-Term Hurricane Katrina Recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana"). "

"In addition to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army several other volunteer organizations stepped in to assist people in need. Such organizations such as churches played an active role in the relief effort. According to a book entitled There is no such thing as a natural disaster: race, class, and Hurricane Katrina Church groups were instrumental in getting people relocated in the aftermath of the storm."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dyson, E. Come Hell or High Water. Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster.
  • Fast Facts: American Red Cross Response to Hurricane Katrina. Retrieved September 29, 2009 from; http://www.nwnc-redcross.org/Press%20Releases/FASTFACTSKatrina.pdf
  • Hartman, C. W., Squires, G. D. (2006) There is no such thing as a natural disaster: race, class, and Hurricane Katrina. Routledge.
  • Mills, M. A., Edmondson D., and Park, C. L. (2007).Trauma and Stress Response Among Hurricane Katrina Evacuees. American Journal of Public Health Vol 97 (1)
  • Muniz, B (2006) - In the eye of the storm: how the government and private response to Hurricane Katrina failed. Retrieved September 29, 2009 from; http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/docs/advisory/hkip/public-comments/ACT3071.pdf

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