POL 403

Dear writer please reply to these classmates post for example you might start Hi nice post ….

Post 1: James wrote this:

Hurricane Katrina was the 3rd largest hurricane to ever hit the United states. The hurricane had winds of well over 175 mph, and killed nearly as many people as 9/11. Many of these deaths were caused by a 20 ft high storm surge that flooded 80% of the entire city of New Orleans. Unfortunately, many of these deaths are thought to have been due to negligence, and completely avoidable. Local government, Federal government, and the military could have handle the situation better in terms of preparation, time management, and safer practices.


1.Time Management:

-According to Brian Williams of NBC News, local and federal agencies chose not to evacuate until just 19 hours before the storm hit.

-Governor Blonco Did not request bust assistance from FEMA until after the storm had hit, causing many busses to be destroyed instead of utilized.

2. Preparation / unsafe practices:
-Humanitarian supplies were severely lacking for hurricane victims at the superdome.

– Levees that were supposed to protect from most of the flooding failed due to poor construction.

As a congressmen in this area I would have been talking about this issue long before the hurricane hit. Hurricanes take a long time for form and travel across much of the Atlantic Ocean giving ample time to prepare. In this case, It was not a lack of knowledge that caused this crisis, but a lack of empathy. I would have drafted emergency legislation that would require a prompt inspection of all levees, and appropriated money toward fixing what need be fixed. Furthermore, I would have created an emergency period 4 days before the hurricane hit to help gather supplies, and evacuate citizens.



Post 2: Chad wrote this:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which greatly damaged numerous parishes throughout the city of New Orleans and many other areas and communities across Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, I would first focus my attention on introducing new or adjusting old policies associated with housing. The impact of the storm caused many problems for individuals including limited access to supplies and food, massive power outages for thousands of homes, and severely damaged infrastructure and roads. However, the public outcry and need for adequate housing for those this displaced was where the most enhanced frustration throughout the local parishes in New Orleans was coming from.

Due to the combination of the enormity of the devastation resulting from the storm and the inadequate communication and slow response time of state and federal government agencies, many local leaders and public officials publicly denounced the federal governments capabilities in handling future natural disasters. Many ordinary citizens also began to lose faith in federal government support after experiencing great difficulty in contacting FEMA by phone or locating any of the 40 promised FEMA help centers. As a sitting Congressman, I would have focused on housing policy in order to rectify this problem and secure or construct adequate temporary housing for the thousands of individuals that I represent. Of all the problems that Hurricane Katrina created, I believe lack of adequate temporary housing for those displaced by the storm was the most detrimental to those in the communities affected by it as well as to the relief effort. If government would have provided the necessary housing more rapidly during the initial impact of the storm, they could have protected more citizens from hardship while minimizing public unrest.


Post 3 Nicole wrote this:

My understanding now of social welfare policy is that is is what the government choose to do or not to do that affects the people and their quality of life. I knew that public policy meant what the government does or doesn’t do, but after the readings I have a bit more understanding of social welfare specifically. When I thought of social welfare, I thought of basically just medicaid and medicare, but it turns out the programs that fit into the category are quite vast.

Post 4: Quaydir wrote this:

Social welfare policy is social services provided by the federal and state governments to help citizen in the United States. It helps citizens by providing an opportunity for citizens to have access to health care, housing, nutrition, and even employment. There are number of services provided by government to either aide citizens or even provide qualifying citizens with an opportunity to further their education. Prior to reading the text I was not aware of the fact that Stafford loans were a form of social welfare. While a student is still enrolled in school the federal government pays the interest on the loan keeping the balance significantly lower for post graduate. Impact from these types of programs can at times go unnoticed or unappreciated by citizens.

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