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Hurricane KatrinaThe Mississippi Story$
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James Patterson Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030239

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030239.001.0001

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Havoc in the Aftermath

Havoc in the Aftermath

(p.34) Chapter Two Havoc in the Aftermath
Hurricane Katrina

James Patterson Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes the chaos in the aftermath of Katrina. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 238 lives were lost, businesses employing tens of thousands were obliterated, and more than 216,000 individuals and families lost their homes. Bureaucratic systems failed Mississippians in their hour of need. Katrina also revealed that the nation’s lead disaster agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was underfunded, understaffed, and suffered from serious mismanagement.

Keywords:   Katrina, FEMA, Mississippi Gulf Coast

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