Disaster Response

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-26
  • Publisher: Greenhaven Pr
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The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues. Each volume presents a diverse selection of primary sources representing all sides of the debate in question. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 13
Introductionp. 16
What Are the Challenges Involved in Disaster Response?
Chapter Prefacep. 21
Providing Water and Sanitation Are the Immediate Challenges Following a Disaster Pan American Health Organizationp. 25
Post-disaster Temporary Housing Is Often an Unmet Needp. 30
Natural Disasters Present the Challenge of Dealing with Emotional Trauma, Especially for Childrenp. 41
Disaster Response Challenges Are Mounting as Global Warming Increases Climatic Disasters Around the World Oxfam Internationalp. 51
Building a Disaster-Resilient Nation and World Is the Grand Challengep. 56
Has the U.S. Disaster Response Improved Since Hurricane Katrina?
Chapter Prefacep. 61
Yes: The U.S. Disaster Response Has Improved Since Hurricane Katrinap. 61
A New and Enhanced FEMA Was Created in 2007p. 64
The Federal Government Has Improved Disaster Preparedness and Responsep. 71
Coordination Between the Federal Government and States Was Better for Hurricane Gustav than for Hurricane Katrina Associated Pressp. 76
Hurricanes Gustav and Ike Showed That FEMA Reforms Have Workedp. 80
No: The U.S. Disaster Response Has Not Improved Since Hurricane Katrina
FEMA Reforms Did Not Address the Root Causes of the Katrina Response Disasterp. 84
FEMA Is Not Ready for Another Katrina Disasterp. 88
FEMA Failed to Develop a Housing Plan for Hurricane Ike Evacueesp. 92
Should Citizens Rely on the Government to Respond to Disasters?
Chapter Prefacep. 97
Yes: Citizens Should Rely on the Government to Respond to Disasters
FEMA Is Ready to Respond to Major Disastersp. 100
The Private Sector Cannot Take the Place of Government in Disaster Responsep. 103
No: Citizens Should Not Rely on the Government to Respond to Disasters
Citizens Cannot Rely on FEMA During Catastrophic Eventsp. 107
Most Texans in Hurricane Country Do Not Rely on the Governmentp. 112
Reliance on the Federal Government Gives a False Sense of Security to State and Local Governmentsp. 116
How Can U.S. Disaster Response Be Improved?
Chapter Prefacep. 125
FEMA Should Give States and Localities More Responsibility for Disaster Responsep. 128
FEMA Must Coordinate Better with Voluntary Agencies in Providing Mass Care After Disasters U.S. Government Accountability Officep. 139
A Good Communications Network Is Still Needed for First Respondersp. 146
FEMA Is Still in Need of Reformp. 157
FEMA Should Not Be Given More Powerp. 160
Greater Government Investments Are Needed to Provide Effective Disaster Responsep. 165
The Government Should Create a National Disaster Insurance Fundp. 170
The Government-Funded Disaster Safety Net Should Be Replaced with Free-Market Policiesp. 173
Organizations to Contactp. 178
Bibliographyp. 182
Indexp. 187
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