In 2005, Hurricane Katrina introduced the United States to the new concept of a higher level or a “catastrophic” natural disaster. The hurricane tested the implementation of NIMS and led to the development of the National Response Framework to replace the earlier National Response Plan. It also inspired a series of legislative and executive actions to reorganize FEMA and the overall national homeland security program. A year after Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration published the report, “The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned.” Although this report focuses on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, it remains a classic case study that also addresses federal interaction with state and local governments as well as the private sector. At the same time, the Target Capabilities List (TCL) developed by the Department of Homeland Security (you were introduced to the TCL in Week 2), was expanded and updated following the experience of Hurricane Katrina. The TCL continues to evolve as the primary metric linked with the National Preparedness Guidelines, and serves as a powerful tool for assessing the response to Hurricane Katrina and any other hazard or disaster. The TCL also informs the federal, state, and local homeland security agencies about the capabilities they need to achieve. Although a natural disaster cannot be prevented, the TCL outlines capabilities of the homeland security agencies to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all kinds of natural disasters—up to and including a catastrophic event, such as Hurricane Katrina.
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With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a brief description of the goals you selected. Then explain the degree to which specific capabilities and corresponding elements related to the goals were carried out during Hurricane Katrina. Finally, based on the capabilities and corresponding elements and the degree to which they were carried out, explain whether the efforts related to the goals were effective or ineffective and why or why not. Be specific and use examples to support your explanation.
Note: Identify the goals you discussed in the first line of your post. You will be asked to respond to a colleague who discussed at least one goal that you did not.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
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