12.19.2007

A Better Understanding of the Katrina Disaster

There's a fascinating, objective, and informative article in the January issue of the Joint Force Quarterly, on "Applying Lessons of Hurricane Katrina" to the US Government's emergency response planning process.

Truly a well-written and eloquent piece that does not shy away from the chronology of errors as they dominoed their way into what eventually ended up ocurring. The best part, however, is the way the authors show how the lessons learned have been indeed reviewed and changes implemented. It's also very eloquent and realistic in its urging that quite some work still remains ahead of us.

I found the last paragraph of particular impact: "The burden for ensuring effetive disaster response falls primarily on local and state governments and civilian Federal agencies." And further "Effors to manage public expectations and promote indiv idual responsibility for all contingencies must continue."