Hurricane Katrina: The Governmental Response

Government Executive revisits various local, regional and national agencies response to the much-feared and ultimately catastrophic direct hit by a major hurricane on New Orleans and the surrounding low-lying Gulf Coast. Many of these agencies had participated in a large-scale simulation of this potential event just the year before (known as Hurricane Pam). The results were not encouraging and as Katrina strengthened in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of August, 2005, the same issues started to arise (lack of coordination, communication, leadership) and the outcome was as bad as feared, only this time the 2,000+ lives lost were real. The response was not universally bad, however, as numerous individuals and units responded heroically in the face of disaster, saving countless lives in the process.

Katrina 10: An Oral History, 8.19.15