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Lessons from Katrina – What Went Wrong, What Was Learned, Who’s Most Vulnerable.

Irwin E. Redlener; David M. Abramson; Richard M. Garfield

Title:
Lessons from Katrina – What Went Wrong, What Was Learned, Who’s Most Vulnerable.
Author(s):
Redlener, Irwin E.
Abramson, David M.
Garfield, Richard M.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Population and Family Health
National Center for Disaster Preparedness
Pediatrics
Sociomedical Sciences
Nursing
Volume:
14
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Book/Journal Title:
Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender
Abstract:
If humans did not occupy the planet, disasters would never occur. Massive climatic events, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis would be regular occurrences, of course, and the earth would look like a dynamic cauldron of natural activity, changing the look and the balance of nature and natural events continuously and randomly. What morphs these natural phenomenon into catastrophic events we call “disasters” is simply the presence of human beings who by choice, chance, or necessity find themselves in harm’s way. The “human factors” may be straightforward and benign. For instance, people making their livelihood from the sea are at risk from coastal storms and tsunamis. Similarly, people are found living in areas at considerable risk for mudslides and volcanoes. It could even be said that living in New Orleans, a coastal city actually below sea level, is a gamble, as was so dramatically emphasized by the storms and subsequent flooding of August and September 2005.
Subject(s):
Public health
Public policy
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Suggested Citation:
Irwin E. Redlener, David M. Abramson, Richard M. Garfield, , Lessons from Katrina – What Went Wrong, What Was Learned, Who’s Most Vulnerable., Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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