Wednesday, February 08, 2006

[National] Katrina Discussions

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs holds a series of hearings on Hurricane Katrina, as a part of its ongoing investigations into the most-warned about, and most-poorly-managed, major disaster of modern times. Click here to watch the finger-pointing live, or click here and pick the room number from the list shown for audio-only.

The Defense Department’s Role in the Response Thurs., Feb. 9, 2006, 7:00 a.m. PST.
The Roles of DHS and FEMA Leadership Fri., Feb. 10, 2006, 6:30 a.m. PST.
Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Worsen the Disaster Mon., Feb. 13, 2006, 7:00 a.m. PST.
The Homeland Security Department’s Preparation and Response Tue., Feb. 14, 7:00 a.m. PST.

Previous episodes (video downloadable for use with Real Alternative or Real Player) include:

Preparing for a Catastrophe: The Hurricane Pam Exercise (a Potemkin Village exercise in New Orleans, a year before Katrina. How could the exercise been so perfect, but the reality so atrocious?)
Managing the Crisis and Evacuating New Orleans
The Role of the Governors in Managing the Catastrophe
Evacuating New Orleans in Advance of Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina: Urban Search and Rescue in a Catastrophe
Mississippi’s Recovery
Who’s In Charge of the New Orleans Levees?
Perspectives of FEMA’s Operations Professionals
What Can Government Learn from the Private Sector’s Response?
‘Always Ready’: The Coast Guard’s Response to Hurricane Katrina
Why Did the Levees Fail?
New Orleans: A Flooded City, a Chaotic Response
How is FEMA Performing Its Mission at This Stage of Recovery?
Recovering from Hurricane Katrina: Responding to the Immediate Needs of Its Victims
Recovering from Hurricane Katrina: The Next Phase
and, another bon mot which should have been an eye-opener:
FEMA’s Response to the 2004 Florida Hurricanes: A Disaster for Taxpayers?

Also, Alabama's Department of Public Health and The South Central Center for Public Health Preparedness will present “When Every Second Counts: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina,” on Tue., Feb. 14, 2006, 10:00-11:30 a.m. PST. Register here for the live webcast after testing your readiness to run Real Alternative/RealPlayer or Windows Media Player.

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