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Unit 2 Assignment: Disaster Recovery
Hurricane Katrina still ranks among the most impactful disasters in U.S. history. Understanding the complexities of the components of disaster recovery operations and vulnerabilities is essential in disaster recovery planning. This week you will write an essay based on a case study of Hurricane Katrina in order to understand how the vulnerability of a community can impact its ability to not only survive a disaster but recover.
Write a 1,000 to 1,100-word analysis comparing the components of disaster recovery and various factors that contribute to a community’s vulnerability to disaster as related to Hurricane Katrina.
Describe four critical components related to Hurricane Katrina’s short-term recovery operation (two components) and long-term recovery operation (two components). (For example: roads, public transit, bridges, levees and dams, ports and airports, communications, water and sewer, or electricity and gas).
Describe at least three vulnerabilities that played a significant role in the ability of the community to effectively recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Analyze at least two critical actions that could be taken to at least reduce the impact that these vulnerabilities have on a community and explain how they would benefit community members.
Consider how the following factors were affected as a result of the vulnerabilities you described:
Quality of life
The potential for positive change between human systems and the environment
Consider the following in your analysis:
What specific challenges does the United States encounter when trying to identify community vulnerabilities?
What actions were taken to address these vulnerabilities prior to the storm impacting the area, if any?
What processes should be implemented in the future to address identified vulnerabilities to recuse the impact after a disaster occurs?
Note: This assignment will require outside research. Use at least two credible sources and discuss how you evaluated the credibility of the sources used. You may consult the Library, the internet, and any other outside resources in supporting your research. Use proper citations in APA style.