Disaster Response


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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737741346
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/19/2009
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Introduction 16

Chapter 1 What Are the Challenges Involved in Disaster Response?

Chapter Preface 21

Providing Water and Sanitation Are the Immediate Challenges Following a Disaster Pan American Health Organization 25

Post-disaster Temporary Housing Is Often an Unmet Need Matt Fink Ilyssa Plumer Kit Radosevich Erin Ward Rebekah Green 30

Natural Disasters Present the Challenge of Dealing with Emotional Trauma, Especially for Children Philip J. Lazarus Shane R. Jimerson Stephen E. Brock 41

Disaster Response Challenges Are Mounting as Global Warming Increases Climatic Disasters Around the World Oxfam International 51

Building a Disaster-Resilient Nation and World Is the Grand Challenge David Applegate 56

Chapter 2 Has the U.S. Disaster Response Improved Since Hurricane Katrina?

Chapter Preface 61

Yes: The U.S. Disaster Response Has Improved Since Hurricane Katrina 61

A New and Enhanced FEMA Was Created in 2007 R. David Paulison 64

The Federal Government Has Improved Disaster Preparedness and Response Gregg Carlstrom 71

Coordination Between the Federal Government and States Was Better for Hurricane Gustav than for Hurricane Katrina Associated Press 76

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike Showed That FEMA Reforms Have Worked Jeff Greene 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 Disaster Peter Grier 84

FEMA Is Not Ready for Another Katrina Disaster Stewart M. Powell 88

FEMA Failed to Develop a Housing Plan for Hurricane Ike Evacuees Dahleen Glanton 92

Chapter 3 Should Citizens Rely on the Government to Respond to Disasters?

Chapter Preface97

Yes: Citizens Should Rely on the Government to Respond to Disasters

FEMA Is Ready to Respond to Major Disasters John Solomon 100

The Private Sector Cannot Take the Place of Government in Disaster Response Dante Chinni 103

No: Citizens Should Not Rely on the Government to Respond to Disasters

Citizens Cannot Rely on FEMA During Catastrophic Events Dorothy A. Seese 107

Most Texans in Hurricane Country Do Not Rely on the Government Gina McCauley 112

Reliance on the Federal Government Gives a False Sense of Security to State and Local Governments Matt A. Mayer Richard Weitz Diem Nguyen 116

Chapter 4 How Can U.S. Disaster Response Be Improved?

Chapter Preface 125

FEMA Should Give States and Localities More Responsibility for Disaster Response Patrick Roberts 128

FEMA Must Coordinate Better with Voluntary Agencies in Providing Mass Care After Disasters U.S. Government Accountability Office 139

A Good Communications Network Is Still Needed for First Responders Sascha Meinrath 146

FEMA Is Still in Need of Reform Mitchell L. Moss 157

FEMA Should Not Be Given More Power Michael Hampton 160

Greater Government Investments Are Needed to Provide Effective Disaster Response Donald Cohen 165

The Government Should Create a National Disaster Insurance Fund Frank McEnulty 170

The Government-Funded Disaster Safety Net Should Be Replaced with Free-Market Policies Thomas A. Bowden 173

Organizations to Contact 178

Bibliography 182

Index 187

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