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Shelter from the Storm
Repairing the National Emergency Management System after Hurricane Katrina

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October 2006 | 322 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Published in Association with American Academy of Political and Social Science

Watching the disastrous response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was like watching "a train wreck in slow motion." Katrina exposed the weakness of existing emergency management and response policies on all levels – local, state, and federal.

Poor planning, poor decision-making, and poor communication before, during, and after Katrina betrayed public confidence in the ability of public officials to effectively organize and manage emergency response. The bungled response cost lives and property. So what lessons have been learned and what changes should be made?

Both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policies and practices must be further scrutinized in order to repair the national emergency management system and restore the nation's capacity to deal with catastrophic disasters.

This volume of The Annals uncovers the troublesome roots of concern with the DHS, FEMA, and the responsibility of public officials at all levels and recommends changes that will lead to a functioning emergency management system. Only by shedding light on the underlying problems of current policy and practices can the lessons from Katrina truly be learned and steps taken to fix the system.

Policymakers and scholars alike will find that this intriguing issue offers insight and study that looks deeper than the obvious failures. From studies in presidential leadership to issues in temporary housing and shelter as well as mental and physical health concerns, this volume reviews the consequences and costs of Katrina on several levels and also provides a springboard for concrete changes in policy and practices to take hold.

William L. Waugh, Jr.
Preface to Shelter from the Storm
William L. Waugh, Jr.
The Political Costs of Failure in the Katrina and Rita Disasters
Richard T. Sylves
President Bush and Hurricane Katrina: A Presidential Leadership Study
Kathleen Tierney, Christine Bevc, and Erica Kuligowski
Metaphors Matter: Disaster Myths, Media Frames, and Their Consequences in Hurricane Katrina
Havidán Rodríguez, Joseph Trainor, and Enrico L. Quarantelli
Rising to the Challenges of a Catastrophe: The Emergent and Pro-social Behavior Following Hurricane Katrina
Susan L. Cutter, and Christopher T. Emrich
Moral Hazard, Social Catastrophe: The Changing Face of Vulnerability Along the Hurricane Coasts
Joanne M. Nigg, John Barnshaw, and Manuel R. Torres
Hurricane Katrina and the Flooding of New Orleans: Emergent Issues in Sheltering and Temporary Housing
Linda B. Bourque, Judith M. Siegel, Megumi Kano, and Michele M. Wood
Weathering the Storm: The Impact of Hurricanes on Physical and Mental Health
Carrie L. Elrod, Jessica L. Hamblen, and Fran H. Norris
Challenges in Implementing Disaster Mental Health Programs: State Program Directors’ Perspectives
Raymond J. Burby
Hurricane Katrina and the Paradoxes of Government Disaster Policy: Bringing about Wise Governmental Decisions for Hazardous Areas
Philip R. Berke, and Thomas Campanella
Planning for Post-Disaster Resiliency
Howard Kunreuther
Disaster Mitigation and Insurance: Learning from Katrina
James Mitchell
The Primacy of Partnership: Scoping a New National Disaster Recovery Policy
John R. Harrald
Agility and Discipline: Critical Success Factors for Disaster Response
Donald F. Kettl
Is the Worst Yet to Come?

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