Applications to Homeland Security from the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes
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ClientCounty Judge Randy Sims, Texas Director of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
DescriptionGaps of understanding exist between Homeland Security Response and Recovery strategies and policies at the federal level versus understanding, authority, and capability at the state and local level. Responsibilities, authority, and expectations at every level of government (including the public) need to be clarified. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provide an excellent case study to see what policies should be changed in the areas of response and recovery to major disasters in the future.
A variety of strategies, policies, and plans are already in place to deal with disasters and catastrophic events. Faculty members provided access to documents that describe the policies, as well as a framework to examine response and recovery "at the tip of the spear." Students selected the aspect of the framework they wished to address, fleshed it out in detail through discussions and research, identified the gaps in theory, used Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita to examine how those gaps developed in reality, and developed a set of policy recommendations to close those gaps. The final student recommendations were presented to the clients.
County Judge Randy Sims, Texas Director of Homeland Security; Department of Homeland Security (2006). Applications to Homeland Security from the Katrina and Rita Hurricanes. Available electronically from