What Followed After Hurricane Katrina

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The communication system broke down hours after Hurricane Katrina because there was a significant communication and coordination problems at all levels of government. At the moment, much time and effort was being spent assigning culpability; lack of preparation, delayed decision making, bureau tic tie-ups, and political infighting to individuals and agencies. 2. The purpose of the Hurricane Pam exercise was to help officials develop joint response plans for a catastrophic hurricane in Louisiana. While many found the Pam exercise to be useful in executing a better response to Katrina, the exercise also highlighted lessons learned that were not implemented and did not anticipate certain weaknesses that Katrina exposed. However, Pam exercise was unsuccessful because the exercise set up false expectations. Also, Hurricane Katrina highlighted many weaknesses that either were not anticipated by the Pam exercise of perhaps were lessons learned but simply not implemented. 3. Many people remained in New Orleans after there was an evacuation order because many people did not have access to personal vehicles or were isolated from the dissemination of news from the local governments. Mostly the sick, the elderly, and the poor were left to fend for themselves. City officials had 550 buses and hundreds of additional school buses at their disposal but made no plans to use them to get the people out of New Orleans before the storm. 4. The problems that existed for the people that were trapped in the city were trying to survive, avoid drowning in the floods, trying to communicate with authorities, and obtain food and water. 5. There has been criticism of President George W. Bush's initial response to Hurricane Katrina because of mismanagement and lack of preparation in the relief effort in response to Hurricane Katrina. Bush was criticized for not returning to D.C. from his vacation in Texas until more than a day after the hurricane. Also, he flew over New Orleans in Air Force...
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