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How Can We Improve Disaster Response?

How Can We Improve Disaster Response?

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Big Questions After Big Hurricanes 2005. Even if the U.S. draws the right lessons from Hurricane Katrina, panelists suggest, the nation may still be caught short in the next disaster. In some areas of government, Kenneth Oye points out, "weaknesses can go on for a long time because you don't confront a reality test. Katrina was a reality test with implications for (FEMA) that could not be ignored." This agency had functioned quite well in prior administrations, he continues, having learned from mistakes following Hurricane Andrew more than a decade ago. But then came 9/11 and the incorporation of FEMA into the Department of Homeland Security. Says Oye, "With its (new) focus on terrorism, middle management people with experience in natural... Show More

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