College Essay On Hurricane Katrina

Effects Of Hurricane Katrina

In the entire history of America, Katrina Hurricane was considered as one of the worst hurricanes in the last century. One can say it a centuries hurricane. This hurricane was an amalgam of tropical waters and dusty winds. It was the deadliest hurricane of category – 5 causing huge damage to the citizens of the United States.

It was an eve of Wednesday, August 23, 2005 when it had raised from the tropical depression of the oceans near Louisiana. In the beginning, its wind speed was 75mph which increased and maximize its level to 170mph just within 5 days of starting (Hurricane Katrina from NOAA). It was started from a category – 1 but the warm waters converted it into a category – 5 deadliest hurricane. Scientists explained about its facts that it was happening due to the global warming which has transfused power and endurance to it. (Causes and Effects…,” from For the People). Wind speed was also a partial factor which boosted its power. In a result, the worst hurricane struck the coast of the United States and demolished a huge area.

A huge tally of casualties was calculated at New Orleans, Louisiana. It was also marked as the most damaged city of the United States by Katrina.

In a result, electricity and property outages, food, shelter and medicine problems raised which suffered the citizens of the U.S. (Causes and Effects… ” from For the People). More than one million people had left their houses and lived in the New Orleans Super dome. Half of the city was floating in the water. Expressways, bridges and giant buildings were presenting the picture of the seaside. The most outrageous, more than 2 million people have suffered the electricity outrage for several weeks. Water was the main cause to restore the electricity. The estimated loss of movable and immovable property was more than 81 billion dollars (Causes and Effects… “ from For the People). Now the whole city was rebuilt in a new way, but a large number of places missing its identity and old shape.

The outrageous factor of Katrnia Hurricane was a reaction from the masses of New Orleans towards local and federal government. They have shown their anger because local government did not plan the city as a hurricane protected city when they were aware about its geographic credentials. New Orleans has changed, now it has a new look, many people have migrated from the city, but there is still dearth need of development because the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.

Understanding Hurricane Katrina: MU Sociologist Oversees Publication of Essays Examining the Disaster

Aug. 27, 2007

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — For people who experienced it firsthand, Hurricane Katrina will last a lifetime. The effects — before and after the storm— have generated widespread interest among scholars, who in an upcoming book offer their collective insights about one of the worst catastrophes in United States history.

“This wasn’t just a natural disaster,” said David Brunsma, associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia’s College of Arts and Science. “This was a social disaster, economic disaster, political disaster and technical disaster. It was and continues to be immense. The underlying question is: What does the sociological lens allow us to see beyond the ‘natural’ wrath of this disaster?”

To better understand the consequences of Aug. 29, 2005, academic researchers from colleges and universities around the United States have submitted 13 essays that will be published in “The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on a Modern Catastrophe.” The book is scheduled for release Aug. 28 and royalties will support ongoing relief efforts.

Brunsma oversaw the compilation of works and edited the book. David Overfelt, a Mizzou sociology graduate student; and J. Steven Picou, professor and chairman of the sociology department at the University of South Alabama, assisted with the project, which took about a year to complete. The book emerged from Brunsma and Overfelt's experience organizing the 2006 annual meetings of the Southern Sociological Society, an organization of professional sociologists mainly in the South. The meetings were held in New Orleans.

In studying the topic, Brunsma said most sociologists agree that Katrina, which resulted in thousands of deaths and the widespread displacement of New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents, is “one of the most important events of our lifetime.” The book focuses on three main areas:

  • Understanding the degree of physical and mental damage in the region and the importance of restoring both physical settings and families — most of which still suffer effects — to conditions of relative well-being.
  • Reestablishing social structure; race, class, age and gender were widely discussed and debated by the media and American public.
  • Utilizing the findings — which include the role of the media, military, religious organization, and federal, state and local leaders — to effectively prepare for the United States’ next catastrophic event.

“The structure of opportunity — socially, materially and economically — for folks from New Orleans was a disaster already in place,” he said. “You put a natural and technical disaster on top of that and you're compounding the problem tremendously. Typical disaster research in the past has had this notion that after a disaster, conditions in a community traditionally decline and the goal becomes to restore conditions — bringing that community back to where it was. But for people from New Orleans, one of the poorest communities, the status quo is useless; making it better than before becomes the goal.”

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