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Spring 2011


Graham Tobin

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Natural disasters have affected our history, affect our present, and will affect our future. Because of this our world needs to adapt. But disaster plans already established should include certain aspects that would limit the amount of damage inflicted by the disaster and the number of lives that are lost. The problem with the literature is that it does not cover what should be done to decrease the number of lives lost and limit the damage that could occur. The first thing that it needs is disaster epidemiologists. These are scientists that go back into the history of the area and make a disaster plan based on the types of and the severity of the disasters that affect that area. Another thing that is needed is a disaster management plan that includes all the criteria laid out by E.L. Quarentelli. This includes all that is needed to have a smooth operation in regards to disaster relief. The last thing needed is not necessarily written down but should be understood by the people affected; it is a humanist approach to life. They need to know that cooperation is one of the most important aspects of disaster relief. Without it there could be chaos and the previous two requirements would be wasted. With all of this established a case study on the relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina was examined to see what went wrong with that relief and how these requirements would help with that.