What if hurricane Katrina hit in 2020? The need for strategic management of disasters

  • McGuire M
  • Schneck D
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Abstract

What would another Hurricane Katrina bring in 2020? Is government at all levels ready for such an event? This essay argues that learning to manage actions supporting disaster response and recovery operations consistently and effectively requires strategic, not reactive, thinking. It adopts a framework based in issues focused thinking, externally focused management, and opportunity-seeking behavior to examine the complex mix of individuals, organizations, and actions involved in response and recovery. The authors conclude that strides have been made since Katrina, but the development of greater strategic capacity is a necessary prerequisite to effective disaster management in the future. CR - Copyright © 2010 American Society for Public Administration

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  • Michael McGuire

  • Debra Schneck

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