Unit 4 Assignment

Review of Hurricane Katrina

This assignment continues our review of Hurricane Katrina. Based upon the 4 key elements in an emergency response to a specific incident, write a 3- to 5-page paper, critiquing the response of each responder during Katrina. Highlight the mistakes each responder made, and what you would do today to ensure those problems would not reoccur.

The 4 key elements to an emergency response include:

  1. resources from state and federal agencies
  2. first responders
  3. secondary emergency services
  4. private sector resources

In your paper, evaluate the effectiveness of the 4 key elements in the emergency response to Katrina, and recommend alternative actions that may have resulted in a different outcome, either positively or negatively, based upon these response principles.



For information on the Katrina responders, review the â€œExecutive Summary and Investigation Overview” (pp. 1–26) in the Katrina report, and conduct research on the internet.

Government Printing Office. (n.d.). A failure of initiative. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/pagedetails.action?browsePath=109/HRPT/%5B300%3B399%5D&granuleId=CRPT-109hrpt377&packageId=CRPT-109hrpt377