The disaster response plans are now integrated and administred by FEMA.
Hurricane Katrina was a category 5 hurricane that struck the southern United States between August 23-31, 2005. Katrina caused devastating damage to New Orleans, Lousiana, flooding 80% of the city and causing at least 1,836 deaths. The hurricane caused 125 billion in damages and rendered the city uninhabitable for weeks. It is considered one of the worst natural disasters in the modern history of the United States.
The government failed to respond adequately to the hurricane. Local and state authorities were quickly overwhelmed, and they weren't adequately prepared or equipped to provide relief or mantain order to the population of New Orleans. As a result of a lack of coordination, federal forces, including the military, were several days late. In order to solve this, future disaster response plans drawn up by local and state authorities are now integrated and administered by FEMA, the Federal Emergency anagement Agency. It is considered that a centralized approach would mean a quicker and swifter response to future natural disasters.
When the first images of lead tainted water began appearing out of Flint, Michigan, the American people demanded action. Local and state government responders proved ineffectual at addressing the issue, and for weeks the residents of Flint suffered without safe water to use. Though private aid organizations offered support, it wasn’t until the federal government lent its support that the situation began to stabilize. One of the most important jobs of the federal government is tackling problem...
Natural disasters often spill across state lines, requiring coordination and cooperation between states with different economic abilities and constraints. Moreover, the sheer expense of disaster relief stretches the limited resources of poor states and states with restrictive balanced budget amendments.