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Emergency and Disaster Response: Is the U.S. Better at It Now?

By Richard Pera, Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University

If you ask someone from Louisiana to characterize the federal government’s response to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, you would likely receive a viscerally negative reaction. Indeed, commenting on the post-Katrina response from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a spokesperson for Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco uttered these now famous and often-quoted words in a New York Times article: “We wanted soldiers, helicopters, food, and water… They wanted to negotiate an organizational chart.”

FEMA’s Craig Fugate Shares Numbers About Response and Recovery to Sandy, One Year Later

By Leischen Stelter

I couldn’t find many news articles about yesterday’s Senate subcommittee hearing on emergency management regarding the ongoing recovery from superstorm Sandy.

The only news article I found highlighted newly elected New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who doesn’t even have an official name placard yet, but wasted no time during his first congressional hearing criticizing administrative officials about Sandy recovery efforts and the skyrocketing flood insurance rates for residents, as reported the Asbury Park Press.

What I Learned from NJEPC: An Overview of Hospital Response to Superstorm Sandy

By Leischen Stelter

In early May, I attended three days of the New Jersey Emergency Preparedness Conference in Atlantic City, NJ. First off, a disclaimer: I am not an emergency management expert. It’s a field I’m fascinated by (I’m currently enrolled in a Master’s program at American Military University for Emergency and Disaster Management), but honestly it’s a field I have no practical experience in.