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Hurricane Katrina: Impact, Recovery and Lessons Learned
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Editors: Nessa P. Godfrey
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Hurricane Katrina was the largest and most costly disaster in American history. More than 1,400 Louisiana residents lost their lives. Katrina produced the first mandatory evacuation in New Orleans history, and the largest displacement of people in U.S. history; 1.3 million. More than 200,000 New Orleanians remain displaced. While federal and state governments continue to respond to this disaster, this book has identified significant control weaknesses, specifically in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Individuals and Households Program (IHP), and in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s purchase card program which has resulted in significant fraud, waste, and abuse. These lessons are particularly important because funding that is lost to fraud, waste, and abuse reduces the amount of money that could be delivered to victims in need. This book looks at the many challenges facing New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, including the rebuilding efforts, insurance losses, reestablishing the health care system and hospitals within the system, and the federal government's liability depending on the theory of the levee failures in New Orleans. The authors summarize the impact of the hurricane, report on the status of recovery efforts, explore the reasons why the recovery has proceeded as it has, and suggest issues that Congress might wish to consider in order to better plan for future disasters and to improve the capability of all levels of government to respond effectively.

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Table of Contents:
Preface

Testimony of Gil Jamieson, Gulf Coast Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Dept. of Homeland Security, Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 29, 2007;pp. 1-16

Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Hurricanes Katrina & Rita: Outstanding Need, Slow Progress, January 29, 2007;pp. 17-26
(Testimony of C. Ray Nagin, City of New Orleans)

Testimony of Suzanne Mestayer, Greater New Orleans, Inc., Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Outstanding Need, Slow Progress" (January 29, 2007)
;pp. 27-29

Chairman Lieberman, Senator Landrieu and Distinguished Members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee;pp. 31-41

FEMA Disaster Housing and Hurricane Katrina: Overview, Analysis, and Congressional Issues;pp. 43-83
(Francis X. McCarthy, Government and Finance Division)

Hurricane Katrina: Insurance Losses and National Capacities for Financing Disaster Risks;pp. 85-105
(Rawle O. King,Government and Finance Division)

Post-Katrina Insurance Issues Surrounding Water Damage Exclusions in Homeowners’Insurance Policies;pp. 107-134
(Rawle O. King, Government and Finance Division)

Disaster Debris Removal after Hurricane Katrina: Status and Associated Issues;pp. 135-156
(Linda Luther, Resources, Science and Industry Division)

Federal Liability for Hurrican Katrina-Related Flood Damage;pp. 157-170
(Cynthia Brougher and Kristina Alexander, American Law Division)

Rebuilding Housing after Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned and Unresolved Issues;pp 171-183
(N.Eric Weiss, Government and Finance Division)

Hurricane Katrina: Trends in the Operating Results of Five Hospitals in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina;pp. 185-235
(GAO)

Hurricane Katrina: Continuing Debris Removal and Disposal Issues;pp. 237-270
(GAO)

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Disaster Relief: Prevention Is the Key to Minimizing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Recovery Efforts;pp. 271-284 (GAO, Statement of Gregory Kutz)

Lessons Learned for Protecting and Educating Children after the Gulf Coast Hurricanes;pp. 285-295
(GAO)

Index

   Series:
      Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 313 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-478-5
   Status: AV
  
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