Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief

by Alan Marzilli
     
 

Throughout the history of the United States, natural disasters have posed a risk to life and property. Although the nation has devised strategies for reducing the number of deaths caused by cataclysmic events, they continue to have a strong economic impact and cause disruption in people's lives. For years, politicians have debated whether the federal government should…  See more details below

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Throughout the history of the United States, natural disasters have posed a risk to life and property. Although the nation has devised strategies for reducing the number of deaths caused by cataclysmic events, they continue to have a strong economic impact and cause disruption in people's lives. For years, politicians have debated whether the federal government should be more active in preparing for and responding to natural disaster. Some say that the states and local governments should accept greater responsibility. In addition to that controversy, this volume examines disagreements over the adequacy of federal financial aid to disaster victims and the future of a federal program that provides low-cost flood insurance-a program that had to borrow more than {dollar}20 billion of taxpayers' money to pay out claims related to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.

About the Author:
Alan Marzilli, M.A., J.D., is a program associate with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.

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Children's Literature
One in a series of �Point Counterpoint� topics that deal with a myriad of issues, from affirmative action to gun control to women in the military. Each edition discusses multiple views about various issues within the subject area, citing laws, opinions, and court cases with accompanying documentation. This edition focuses on the federal government�s response to natural disasters and more specifically, the role of federal versus state responsibilities, the usefulness and adequacy of financial assistance to victims, and the efficacy of the National Flood Insurance Program. Opposing points of view are presented with plenty of documentation and lists of resources for further study to support student research. Each chapter viewpoint includes a summary, and a final chapter about future directions in disaster relief is included. It is well researched, written, and organized, and successfully assists students in realizing that opinions pro or con need supporting documentation to be valid. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.

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ISBN-13:
9780791095546
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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