You were required in Week Three (attached) to choose what aspect of the Hurricane Katrina response you will focus upon. The paper should be in response to Case Study 5 in American Intergovernmental Relations: A Fragmented Federal Polity, “System Failure: The Response to Hurricane Katrina” (pp. 248-254).
For example, you could focus on the evacuation of stranded New Orleans residents; the provision of emergency food and medical equipment in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane; coordinating and implementing temporary housing (e.g., FAME trailers) to those displaced by Hurricane Katrina; economic assistance provided to cities, towns, and villages along the Gulf Coast; the reestablishment of law and order in the city of New Orleans.
For your chosen topic, be sure to address the following:
- Explain the state aid provided.
- Explain the federal aid provided.
- Explain if there was any federal-state cooperation.
- Analyze intergovernmental cooperation in relationship to your topic.
- Analyze the challenges faced by state and federal agencies and address how those challenges impacted support provided.
- Analyze the lessons that were learned as a result of the disaster. In hindsight, include one example of what might have been done differently.
- Suggest at least one recommendation for how a similar natural disaster might be handled by federal, state, and intergovernmental agencies in the future.
Writing the Paper
- Must be eight full double-spaced pages in length (excluding the title and reference pages) and formatted according to SPA style as outlined in the approved SPA style guide.
- Must include a title page that includes:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
- Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
- Must use at least three resources, in addition to the text.
- Must use SPA style as outlined in the approved SPA style guide to document all sources.
- Must include, on the final page, a Reference Page that is completed according to SPA style as outlined in the approved SPA style guide.