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Was the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina appropriate?

  • Their fault not the governments

    The government warned the town That they would not help those that stayed behind. It was their fault they had the choice and they had the risk. The rest of the town chose to evacuate which is good because they were safe from disaster. The government was not in the wrong here the people were

  • Didn't Have Resources Deployed in Time

    I believe the answer to this is no. It took the federal government way to long to react. All the forcasts kept saying that it was gonna hit and be bad. The federal government waited until it hit then got everything together and sent help, which was a few days. They should of had everything together and ready to go as soon as it was over.

  • The poorest effort

    Poor effort and wasnt handled well and a year later it was still looking near enough the same as it did just after the hurricane stopped. They could have done better but they didnt. If they wanted to help they should have came out and help not sit around doing nothing.

  • It was a poor effort, and it never got better.

    There have been so many governmental excuses, cover ups, and blaming going on even years after Hurricane Katrina. It's clear that the government screwed up on a massive scale, and has been doing its level best all these years not to foster recovery, but to keep the rest of the world from seeing how poorly it manages a domestic disaster.

  • No, alot more could have been done

    Anytime there is a natural disaster that leaves hundreds and thousands homeless it is a challenge for the federal government to care for those needs. However we are supposed to have federal funds in place to assist with those types of situations. The people who were left homeless expected help from their government in a fair amount of time. Years later there are still some homeless and struggling to return to normal life because the federal government didn't provide for the citizens like they promise.

    Posted by: jus
  • No

    While there will always be people who believe that the government response to the hurricane Katrina was not adequate. to describe the government response as inappropriate would be perhaps unjustified.

    In any major natural disaster like the hurricane Katrina the loss to life and property, as well other hardship and misery caused to the people is so great that whatever is done to limit the loss or to provide relief subsequently appears to be inadequate.

    However a fair assessment of the adequacy of federal government should be based on what was reasonably possible in that situation rather than just on the basis of what was desirable. Such an assessment will definitely point out some areas where the performance was inadequate, however in other ares the performance may be considered excellent.

  • Bush Jr. Didn't Have Resources Deployed in Time

    New Orleans and its citizens should have been saved before the storm even arrived. Unfortunately, George W. Bush didn't deploy national guard troops until after the hurricane went through. Thousands of the city's poorest citizens couldn't evacuate and many were killed due to the ineptitude of the initial federal response. Bush let those people die.

  • Botched

    The government's response to Hurricane Katrina was badly handled on all levels. The local government and the state government were completely unprepared and overwhelmed, and, when the federal government had to step in, it handled the situation slowly and incompetently. Considering that the head of FEMA resigned over the issue, it's pretty clear that they did not handle it well.

  • Less then desired

    I believe the answer to this is no. It took the federal government way to long to react. All the forcasts kept saying that it was gonna hit and be bad. The federal government waited until it hit then got everything together and sent help, which was a few days. They should of had everything together and ready to go as soon as it was over.


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