Today in policy class we took a critical look at the unbelievable circumstances surrounding the Hurricane Katrina disaster. To think that this happened in a democratic society like the United States of America in the 20th century is one of the great paradoxes of our times.
The level of inadequacy and inefficiency from local to state, and up to the federal government clearly showed the inability of the mayor of New Orleans and the governor of the state of Loiusiana to correctly assess the risks before the hurricane struck and in the aftermath.
This is a good example of how governments fail to make proactive choices based on information given before hand, that could avert or mitigate circumstances that create huge socio-economic impacts like Katrina.
Next week Monday we look at the nuclear plant explosion in Chernobyl more closely.