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HURRICANE KATRINA: Providing Oversight of the Nation's Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities

Rabkin, Norman J (2005) HURRICANE KATRINA: Providing Oversight of the Nation's Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities. United States Government Accountability Office.

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    Hurricane Katrina will have an enormous impact on people and the economy of the United States. The hurricane affected over a half million people located in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and has resulted in one of the largest natural disaster relief and recovery operations in United States history. In terms of public health, standing water and high temperatures have created a breeding ground for disease, and public health advisories have warned about the spread of disease in the affected areas. Hurrican Katrina also resulted in environmental challenges, such as water and sediment contamination from toxic materials released into the floodwaters. In addition, our nation;s energy infrastructure was hard hit; it affected 21 refineries. In terms of telecommunications, Hurricane Katrina knocked out radio and television stations, more than 3 million customer phone lines, and more than a thousand cell phone sites. GAO prepared this testimony to highlight past work on government programs related to Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, and to provided information on plans and coordination among the accountability community--GAO, the Inspectors General, and other auditors at the state and local level.

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    Item Type: Other
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Hurricane Katrina, Katrina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, emergency preparedness, preparedness, recovery activities, recovery, disaster response,Government Accountability Office, GAO
    Subjects: Health > Public Health
    Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
    Government Publications > Interagency Publications (Federal Or State Agencies)
    Practice > outreach
    Practice > interventions
    Practice > service
    Research > studies
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    Depositing User: Timothy S. Deliyannides
    Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2011
    Last Modified: 04 Jun 2011 12:38
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/394

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