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Hurricane Katrina

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´╗┐Hurricane Katrina was the deadliest and most destructive of the Atlantic hurricanes of 2005. It was the costliest and the most deadly hurricane the United States has ever seen. With at least 1,800 confirmed dead it is marked as the deadliest hurricane since the Okeechobee hurricane in 1928. With an estimated cost in damages at 108 million the question is ?who is to blame?? Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005. At first it did not seem that Katrina would be as destructive as it turned out to be, crossing southern Florida as a category 1 Hurricane. After it did some damage in Florida, causing some deaths and flooding, it reached the Gulf of Mexico where it strengthened rapidly. ...read more.

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What the president failed to see was the chaos and looting that was going on. It was as if the President didn?t really care. When Bush finally decided to do something it was too little too late. During this disaster, Mayor Ray Nagin was screaming for help from the Governor Kathleen Blanco. Nagin requested food, water, and help for the people of New Orleans. Governor Blanco sent these requests to head of FEMA, Michael Brown. Brown was never suited for this job. He had no real emergency handling training he was just put there as a political favor by George Bush. During this crisis Brown mislead the people outside New Orleans to keep everyone calm and peaceful even though there was chaos roaming around. ...read more.

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Even if you don?t get specific request your duty as the FEMA director is to help people when a natural disaster hits not wait for their specific needs. I blame Michael Brown, head of FEMA, for the poor response to Hurricane Katrina after it hit. Three days after being stripped of his duties overseeing the post-hurricane relief effort, Michael D. Brown resigned as director of FEMA. Hurricane Katrina was defiantly the worst natural disaster in United States history. It seemed that everything went wrong. But, I believe that it Michael Brown was not head of FEMA things would have turned out better. Requests would have been completed, chaos would be under control, and more people would be alive. If I have to blame anyone for the side effects of Katrina it would be Brown for his poor judgment and lack of response skills which caused many deaths and billions of dollars in damages. ...read more.

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