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Author Cooper, Christopher, 1961-

Title Disaster : Hurricane Katrina and the failure of Homeland Security / Christopher Cooper, Robert Block.

Imprint New York : Times Books, 2006.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  363.3456 C784d 2006    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvii, 333 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-317) and index.
Contents PART ONE: PRELUDE TO DISASTER: The perfect storm -- Water pork -- A mountain of failure -- Homeland insecurity -- PART TWO: CATASTROPHE: The big one -- The undodged bullet -- Stranded in New Orleans -- Promises, promises -- Getting control -- PART THREE: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM: The blame game -- Do it yourself -- Reindeer games -- A civic responsibility.
Summary When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore August 29, 2005, federal and state officials were not prepared for the devastation it would bring--despite all the drills, exercises, and warnings. In this expose, journalists Cooper and Block show that the flaws go much deeper than out-of-touch federal bureaucrats or overwhelmed local politicians. Drawing on interviews with federal, state, and local officials, they take readers inside the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to reveal the inexcusable mismanagement during Hurricane Katrina--the bad decisions, the facts that were ignored, the individuals who saw that the system was broken but were unable to fix it. America's top emergency response officials had long known that a calamitous hurricane was likely to hit New Orleans, but that seems to have had little effect on planning or execution.--From publisher description.
Subject Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
United States. Department of Homeland Security.
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Emergency management -- Gulf States.
Disaster relief -- Gulf States.
Added Author Block, Robert (Robert Jeffrey), 1960-
ISBN 0805081305
Standard No. IG# 0805081305
YDXCP 2418886

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