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An Investigation of Lessons Learned from Secondary Information of Katrina and Rita Hurricane Disasters: A First Responder Perspective1

Raj Sharman, Rao H. Raghav, Jin Ki Kim, Shambhu Upadhyaya


This study focuses on a first responder perspective of lessons learned from secondary information of Katrina and Rita hurricane disasters. The paper integrates key lessons enunciated in major national news papers and television broadcasts with opinions from domain experts. It then draws a consensus among a large group of domain experts who are first responders, regarding the urgency and importance of the issues. The paper prioritizes the list of issues for better mitigation of disasters in the future. In addition the paper also discusses some of the actions communities in non-disaster areas have taken based on the way the hurricane mitigation was handled on the gulf coast during the Katrina & Rita disasters.

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