Our task, reflected in this report, was to assess the government’s role in achieving long-term, safe recovery of the Gulf coast communities from the catastrophic disaster of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the early fall of 2005. The focus is on its catastrophic nature and the ability of our society to deal with such. This report offers our analysis with a focus on the federal government, per the national policy interests of the Ford Foundation. A companion book from the research is under preparation; it will consider the same question with the state and local government focus added to the federal response.
Laska, Shirley; Jenkins, Pamela; Montjoy, Robert; Farris, Monica; Gremillion, Michelle; Devalcourt, Joel; King, K. C.; Nowell, Branda; and Birkland, Thomas, "Achieving Successful Long-Term Recovery and Safety from a Catastrophe: The Federal Role" (2010). CHART Publications. Paper 1.