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40 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 181 (2006-2007)
Where's the Cavalry - Federal Response to 21st Century Disasters

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Day Five, Senator Susan Collins:
It is difficult to understand the lack of preparedness and the ineffective initial
response to a disaster that had been predicted for years and for which specific
dire warnings had been given for days. Katrina was a disaster that scientists,
emergency management officials and political leaders had anticipated for
years. Yet the initial response was woefully inadequate. I
Day Six, Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Michael Chertoff
The unusual set of challenges of conducting a massive evacuation in the context
of a still dangerous flood requires us to basically break the traditional model
and create a new model, one for what you might call kind of an ultra-
catastrophe. 2
On any given evening, new reports warn Americans and the World of a
spectrum of potential natural and man-made disasters which, if realized, could
result in widespread devastation.3      These threats include a bioterrorist attack,
an outbreak of an avian flu pandemic, or an onset of intense and more frequent
tropical storms resulting from global warming.4 In 2003, President Bush
1. Press Conference, Senate Homeland Sec. and Governmental Affairs Comm., Oversight Hearings into
U.S. Gov't Response to Hurricane Katrina (Sept. 6, 2005) (statement of Sen. Susan Collins, Comm. Chair)
(remarking on poor federal response to predicted disaster).
2. Press Briefing, Dep't of Homeland Sec., Hurricane Katrina Response (Sept. 3, 2005) (statement of
Michael Chertoff, Sec'y for Dep't of Homeland See.) (observing extreme situation caused by Katrina and need
for new response model).
ANNUAL REPORT ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT 24 (2005); Ellen P. Hawes, Coastal Natural Hazards
Mitigation: The Erosion of Regulatory Retreat in South Carolina, 7 S.C. ENVTL. L.J. 55, 85 (1998); David G.
Tucker & Alfred 0. Bragg, Florida's Law of Storms: Emergency Management, Local Government, and the
Police Power, 30 STETSON L. REV. 837, 837 (2001); Roger A. Pielke et al., Thirty Years After Hurricane
Camille: Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost, (July 12, 1999)
http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/about-us/meet-us//roger-pielke/camille/report.htm (predicting man-made
and natural disasters likely to occur with increasing severity and frequency).
4. See HowIT & LEONARD, supra note 3, at 24; Tucker & Bragg, supra note 3, at 837; Pielke et al.,

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