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Disaster Management

Q. What are lessons learned from Hurricane Floyd and Hurricane Katrina in terms of the good and bad aspects of managing these crises and the use of the media in both?

In other words, if you were a key player in the management of a similar future crisis, what lessons would you take from these events and how would you do things differently?

Please provide any data or resources to help get me started. Thanks!

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If I were a key player in the management of a catastrophe such as Hurricane Katrina, there are several things that I would have done differently. The first thing I would have done is use the media to my advantage by getting the word out to the city of New Orleans to evacuate. I do realize that no one predicted the levies would break and the city would be flooded. But, I feel like the media spent more time trying to film people trying to escape than strongly advising them to leave as soon as possible. The same goes for the victim of Hurricane Floyd, there were not made aware of the severity of each situation. Evacuation efforts definitely were not what they should have been which caused many innocent people to lose their lives. I do not see any good examples of management that I can assist you with. The only positive thing that the citizens of New Orleans had at that time was a powerful mayor that sacrificed a lot to make sure his city got what it needed. Looking back at these events all the people that were killed, all the people that were forced to stay in that dome for weeks with their children is extremely ...

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If I were a key player in the management of a catastrophe such as Hurricane Katrina, there are several things that I would have done differently. The first thing I would have done is use the media to my advantage by getting the word out to the city of New Orleans to evacuate. I do realize that no one predicted the levies would break and the city would be flooded. But, I feel like the media spent more time trying to film people trying to escape than strongly advising them to leave as soon as possible

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