The Katrina aftermath: A failure of federalism or leadership?

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This article presents a review of two government reports about the U.S. government's disaster implementation response to Hurricane Katrina as it struck the U.S. Gulf Coast area. The public documents are entitled "The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned," was written by group of White House staffers led by Frances Fragos Townsend and "A Failure of Initiative," by a House of Representatives Select Bipartisan Committee chaired by Tom Davis. The author concludes that the chaos and confusion detailed in the two reports made him believe that in such disasters you can only count on yourself and can't rely on the government.

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  • Donald C. Menzel

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