Hurricane Katrina: Flood Control and Preparedness

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The following links connect to articles regarding Flood Control and Preparedness in advance of, during, and after the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina which struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005.

Practicing for Disaster
In July 2004, approximately thirteen months prior to Hurricane Katrina, FEMA concluded its handling of the "Hurricane Pam" simulation, a training "exercise [that] used realistic weather and damage information developed by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the LSU Hurricane Center and other state and federal agencies to help officials develop joint response plans for a catastrophic hurricane in Louisiana":

"Hurricane Pam brought sustained winds of 120 mph, up to 20 inches of rain in parts of southeast Louisiana and storm surge that topped levees in the New Orleans area. More than one million residents evacuated and Hurricane Pam destroyed 500,000-600,000 buildings. Emergency officials from 50 parish, state, federal and volunteer organizations faced this scenario during a five-day exercise held this week at the State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rouge."
"'We made great progress this week in our preparedness efforts,' said Ron Castleman, FEMA Regional Director. 'Disaster response teams developed action plans in critical areas such as search and rescue, medical care, sheltering, temporary housing, school restoration and debris management. These plans are essential for quick response to a hurricane but will also help in other emergencies.'"

"Southeast Louisiana Catastrophic Hurricane Functional Plan"

A DRAFT copy of the "Southeast Louisiana Catastrophic Hurricane Functional Plan" (IEM/TEC04-070), dated August 6, 2004, (125-pdf) was posted online by MSNBC Media. The Plan was prepared under FEMA BPA HSFEHQ-04-A-0288, Task Order 001.

Pdf pages 5 through 11 address "Unwatering".

External Links: Articles & Commentary

July 2004

August 2005

September 2005

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