Long Term and Short Term Recovery

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Hurricane Katrina still ranks among the most expensive disasters in U.S. history. A large portion of that figure is due to infrastructure damaged in the storm and the costs associated with rebuilding it. Understanding the complexities of modern critical infrastructure and key resources is essential in disaster recovery planning.

This week you will write an essay based on a case study of Hurricane Katrina in order to apply lessons learned and avoid the pitfalls encountered on the Gulf Coast while continuing to study the recovery along the East Coast.

Write a 1,400- to 1,750-word analysis comparing the short-term and long-term recovery efforts of Hurricane Katrina.

Identify at least two critical components related to Hurricane Katrina’s short-term recovery operation (for example: roads, public transit, bridges, levees and dams, ports and airports, communications, water and sewer, or electricity and gas).

Identify at least two critical components related to Hurricane Katrina’s long-term recovery operation (for example: roads, public transit, bridges, levees and dams, ports and airports, communications, water and sewer, or electricity and gas).

Consider how the following factors were affected as a result of all four components you identified:

  • Disaster resilience
  • Economic vitality
  • Quality of life
  • The potential for positive change between human systems and the environment

Consider the following in your analysis:

  • What specific challenges were encountered during the damage assessment and debris removal in both the short-term and long-term disaster recovery operation?
  • What structural and nonstructural mitigation efforts were utilized, if any?
  • What structural and nonstructural mitigation efforts should be incorporated into future recovery efforts?

Format your work consistent with APA guidelines.

Include a title page and reference page.

Cite all sources referenced in your analysis.

Note: This Assignment will require outside research. Use at least two credible sources beyond the text material and discuss how you evaluated the credibility of the sources used. You may consult the Library, the internet, and any other outside resources in supporting your task. Use proper citations in APA style

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