Disasters, whether natural or man-made, and emergencies can occur at any time, causing destruction, devastation, and chaos. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused billions of dollars in damage and cost thousands of lives. Man-made disasters, such as chemical plant releases, nuclear reactor mishaps or the terrorist attacks of September 11 have demonstrated the need for preparedness and response capabilities at the state, federal, and local levels.
While these events require preparedness and response ready capabilities of governmental entities, they also show the need for institutions of higher learning to be prepared with hazard mitigation programs to make them more disaster resistant. As with governmental entities, the more prepared our universities and other institutions of higher learning are for disasters, the better they can respond to their constituents. This presentation will share the findings of the reassessment of the University of New Orleans’s Disaster Resistant University Initiative 5 years post-Katrina in light of lessons learned as a result of that event.
Green, Amanda, "After Katrina: Assessing the UNO DRU Initiative" (2011). DRU Workshop 2011 Presentations - Disaster Resistant University Workshop: Building Partnerships in Mitigation. Paper 21.