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'Unacceptable': The Federal Government's Response to Hurricane Katrina Paperback – December 7, 2005
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" `Unacceptable': The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina" gives a detailed and concise account of what went wrong in the planning for and response to what many people are calling the nation's worst natural disaster ever.
Dr. Brasch, an award-winning professor of journalism, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and author of 16 books is more than qualified to analyze the governmental policies that led to the horribly botched response to Hurricane Katrina. This engrossing and well-researched book begins with an excerpt from Dr. Brasch and Rosemary R. Brasch's 2003 article "An Ill Wind and American Policy". The article accurately outlined the problems that would happen if a natural disaster occurred at home while so many of our experienced National Guard forces are deployed in Iraq. The article included a chillingly accurate prediction by the Brasch's: "Our nation's disaster preparedness doesn't meet the needs that any sizeable disaster might bring."
I have to admit that the event details were hard to stomach at times as the full realization set in that with proper planning and repairs prior to the storm the massive extent of the damage did not have to happen. And once the storm hit and the levies broke the lack of federal response due to incompetence and lack of experience by FEMA and Homeland Security caused unimaginable death and devastation to the victims.Read more ›