Katrina break down

Topics: Louisiana, Emergency evacuation, New Orleans Pages: 4 (775 words) Published: October 21, 2014
Which of the three perspectives do you find most persuasive?

Least persuasive?

Setting aside the philosophical and legal issues this case raises, what are the management or efficiency arguments for and against a more centralized response to large national disasters like Hurricane Katrina?

Why would we not want to have a federal fire department?

If the federal government tells the states and cities they will receive no assistance in the event of a disaster, what do you think will happen? personal
responsibility and neighborly concern is a
superior substitute for government intervention.”
Clearly, Landy conceptualizes federalism as
being composed of four dimensions: three levels
of government and the civic realm. With regard
to the latter, it’s worth recalling that Alexis de Tocqueville recognized in the early nineteenth century
that “government can’t match the energy and
resourcefulness of citizen cooperating informally
or through voluntary associations.”
Landy finds the direst examples of civic failure
in the city of New Orleans, and an especially edifying
example of its success in Mississippi. Landy
does not sugarcoat the former:
The impression given by the media was that
those who did not get out of New Orleans
could not, either because they had no car or
were disabled. This impression stuck even
though the visuals accompanying those
media reports showed streets crowded with
abandoned cars. A congressional report
confirmed that the pictures were more reliable
than the words. It stated that more than
250,000 cars remained in the city during
the storm and the cars were found parked
in the driveways of many of the dead. The
report chastised the governor of Louisiana,
and the mayor of New Orleans for being
slow to issue mandatory evacuation orders,
and those individuals “share the blame” for
incomplete evacuation. Resorting to the
verb “share” shows just how reluctant the
report writers were to concede...

References: Marc Landy, “Mega-Disasters and Federalism,”
Public Administration Review (December 2008):
of Legal Commentary (Spring 2007); Martha
Derthick, “Where Federalism Didn’t Fail,” Public
Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi
Gulf Coast (New York: HarperCollins, 2006);
and Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
(Washington, DC: GPO, February 1, 2006);
Christopher Swope and Zach Patton, “In Disaster’s
Wake,” Governing (November 2005);
“Four Places Where the System Broke Down,”
Time (September 19, 2005); “How Bush Blew
It,” Newsweek (September 19, 2005); David
Brown, “Live by the Rules, Die by the Rules,”
Washington Post National Edition (October
9, 2005); Spencer S
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