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Hurricane Katrina and lessons learned utilization: Important findings for the emergency management community

Lindsey McCormick, MPA


Hurricane Katrina revealed several lessons learned for the emergency management community. This study was conducted to determine common lessons learned from Katrina and how emergency managers in hurricane prone areas were utilizing them. The study attempted to determine if and how the emergency management community is using the lessons learned from Katrina, if at all. The author concludes with some important findings for the emergency management community. The survey results are valuable to emergency managers in the sense that utilizing lessons learned from previous disasters of all types can lead to more effective planning and responding to future disasters. Effective emergency planning or managing effective responses in disasters saves peoples’ money and most important, peoples’ lives.


Hurricane Katrina, lessons learned, emergency management, survey

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United States Congress Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared. Washington: USGPO; 2006. Rep. No. 109-322, 109th Congress, 2nd Session, (Y1.1/5:109-322).

United States. Executive Office of the President. The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned. Washington: USGPO; 2006. 109th Congress, 2nd Session, (PREX 1.2: K 15).



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