Natural disasters such as avalanches, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wildfires have impacted various parts of the world throughout history. One of the most powerful natural disasters to impact the United States was Hurricane Katrina. Because of the scope of the disaster, every aspect of daily life along the northern Gulf Coast was affected. Thousands of lives were lost along with thousands of homes, cities’ infrastructures, schools, and jobs. Special mental health needs were seen in the region well after the initial disaster, and these issues typically had related physical manifestations. A region experiencing a disaster of this magnitude will be in the process of recovery for many years.
Researchers and crisis responding organizations learned a great deal about disaster preparation from mistakes made during and after Hurricane Katrina. For example, Mississippi developed a four-month planning list of recommendations involving over 500 stakeholders; you might find this document useful as you develop your own plan for disaster response.
To prepare for this Discussion:
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4, using Hurricane Katrina as your natural disaster example, a description of at least one strength and one limitation of the crisis plan developed by the state of Mississippi. Explain what you would do to improve the limitation you described. Be specific.
Note: Please include the strength and limitation you chose in the first line of your post. You will be asked to respond to a colleague who chose a different strength or limitation than you did.
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