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Long Term Responses to Hurricane Katrina
Transcript of Long Term Responses to Hurricane Katrina
Responses to Hurricane
Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana 1,833 confirmed deaths $108 billion in damages 1.3million acres of forestry
destroyed in Mississippi The US Government is criticised for its
handling of the event. 80% of New Orleans flooded Huge numbers displaced LONG-TERM RESPONSE GOVERNMENT 220 miles of floodwalls and levees
were strengthened or replaced, to lower
the chances of severe flooding. Congress provided $16.7billion to
rebuild damaged housing and
infrastructure Emergency aid services have been made
more efficient. HUD and FEMA arranged for (to date) over 10,000 homes to be leased to displaced families Relief on electric rates provided to 30,000 consumers affected by the storms All oil gas and energy facilities damaged by the storm have been replaced or repaired DOC (US Department of Commerce) invested $1.3million in improving hurricane related public broadcasting stations The NOAA and NHC has invested in
better prediction technologies,
so 'they' have more time to prepare. Huge funds have been spent on restoring environment and removing debris by FEMA, NRCS, Coast Guard and other such organisations FEMA hiring thousands of personnel to support long term recovery operations On the drawing board are pumps that are
far more powerful and reliable - over 3 times faster than the most powerful pumps in New Orleans Prediction is improving - NOAA upgraded their hurricane forcasting model to allow more accurate and precise tracking and information gathering capabilities, with 8 new obserrvation buoys and expansions of their satellite network Unfortunately the levees would still not
be able to handle another Katrina, as lawsuits
and lack of funding has plagued local councils. OVERALL, DESPITE DIFFICULTIES AND HINDRANCES
AS A WHOLE THE U.S GOVERNMENT, AND NGO'S SUCH AS THE RED CROSS HAVE DONE A HUGE AMOUNT TO BOTH RECOVER FROM KATRINA AND TO DAMPEN THE IMPACTS OF A FUTURE STORM. Red Cross has helped 600,000 people in need of
medical help and more than 826,000 people
in need of mental health help Thank you for listening to and watching our presentation. People encouraged to join emergency help organisations Any questions? Huge numbers of personnel employed
in emergency health organisations, with
better planning and organisation in the
event of an emergency All throughout hurricane related sectors, teams have been put in place, more people employed and better trained, and overall become significantly better organised and prepared