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Disaster Recovery

Responding to Sea Level Change in the

Sea level rise in the Northeast is a regional problem that requires a coordinated regional response. In this report, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow James W. Fossett and University of Buffalo Research Professor Kathryn Friedman examine the possibilities for coordinated regional action to address this difficult problem in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
By James W. Fossett and Kathryn Friedman, March 2014

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

The Transformation That Fell Short: Bush, Federalism, and Emergency Management

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

Three Years After Katrina and Rita,
Challenges Remain

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 Role of Community Rebuilding Plans in the Hurricane Recovery

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

Response, Recovery, and the Role of the Nonprofit Community in the Two Years Since Katrina and Rita

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

Spending Federal Disaster Aid: Comparing the Process and Priorities in Louisiana and Mississippi

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 Year and a Half after Katrina and Rita,
an Uneven Recovery

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

The effect of the hurricanes and recovery process on public schools in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
By Karen Rowley, April 2007

The First GulfGov Report: Status Report After the First Year of Recovery Efforts

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

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