Disaster Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security

ISBN-10: 0805081305
ISBN-13: 9780805081305
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Based on exclusive interviews, the inside story of how America's emergency response system failed and how it remains dangerously broken When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the morning of August 29, 2005, federal and state officials were not  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 8/8/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Based on exclusive interviews, the inside story of how America's emergency response system failed and how it remains dangerously broken When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the morning of August 29, 2005, federal and state officials were not prepared for the devastation it would bring--despite all the drills, exercises, and warnings. In this troubling expose of what went wrong, Christopher Cooper and Robert Block of "The Wall Street Journal" show that the flaws go much deeper than out-of-touch federal bureaucrats or overwhelmed local politicians. Drawing on exclusive interviews with federal, state, and local officials, Cooper and Block take readers inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to reveal the inexcusable mismanagement during Hurricane Katrina--the bad decisions that were made, the facts that were ignored, the individuals who saw that the system was broken but were unable to fix it. America's top emergency response officials had long known that a calamitous hurricane was likely to hit New Orleans, but that seems to have had little effect on planning or execution. "Disaster" demonstrates that the incompetent response to Hurricane Katrina is a wake-up call to all Americans, wherever they live, about how distressingly vulnerable we remain. Washington is ill equipped to handle large-scale emergencies, be they floods or fires, natural events or terrorist attacks, and Cooper and Blockmake a strong case for overhauling of the nation's emergency response system. This is a book that no American can afford to ignore.

Robert W. Block, MD, FAAPProfessor of PediatricsSchool of Community MedicineThe University of Oklahoma College of MedicineTulsa, Oklahoma

Authors' Note
Prelude to Disaster
The Perfect Storm
Water Pork
A Mountain of Failure
Homeland Insecurity
Catastrope
The Big One
The Undodged Bullet
Stranded in New Orleans
Promises, Promises
Getting Control
Flotsam and Jetsam
The Blame Game
Do It Yourself
Reindeer Games
A Civic Responsibility
Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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