Who’s in Charge? Who Should Be? — The Role of the Federal Government in Megadisasters:
Based on Lessons from Hurricane Katrina
This report recommends the federal government response to disasters should be changed to allow the president to appoint quickly a special Officer-in-Charge — with pre-approved discretionary funding — to oversee and coordinate government efforts following a major catastrophic event.
By Richard P. Nathan and Marc Landy, June 2, 2009
Nathan and Landy's statement to press, August 27, 2009
More from the August 27 press briefing
Wrapping up a study of the effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on America’s governments, this report finds that “traditional federalism” won out over the Bush administration’s attempt to centralize and nationalize emergency management. States and localities continued to be relied on for disaster response.
By Martha Derthick, August 2009
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, an Institute partner in a study of governmental response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, examines misconceptions state and local officials continue to face. Mistaken notions about recovery reinforce “Katrina fatigue” in Washington, D.C., and across the nation.
By Karen Rowley, December 8, 2008
The recovery process in communities damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 has begun accelerating – but officials who once talked optimistically of rapid rebuilding now talk of 10-year timeframes for recovery.
By Karen Rowley, June 3, 2008
This fifth report on the effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Gulf region governments, concentrates on the critical, successful role nonprofit groups have played in response and recovery.
By Karen Rowley, October 15, 2007
This report highlights the roadblocks Louisiana and Mississippi grappled with as they steered federal funding to areas in need.
By Jennifer Pike, September 2007
A look at how recovery efforts from hurricanes Katrina and Rita stood after two years, in 22 communities across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
By Karen Rowley, 2007
An Examination of the Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Public School Districts in 15 Communities[PDF]
The effect of the hurricanes and recovery process on public schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
By Karen Rowley, April 2007
A broad look at how the storms have changed impacted communities, including state and local economies, the role of nonprofits in relief and recovery efforts and plans for rebuilding.
By Karen Rowley, 2006