Shortly after Senate investigation, White House report on Katrina equally critical of response | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

Lack of experience from disaster response managers is being cited as one of the primary failures in Katrina reactions, according to a lengthy report by Frances Fragos Townsend, homeland security advisor for the White House. For live analysis of disaster planning, make sure to attend “Surviving The Crisis: Disaster Recovery & Strategic Planning” on Monday, […]


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Lack of experience from disaster response managers is being cited as one of the primary failures in Katrina reactions, according to a lengthy report by Frances Fragos Townsend, homeland security advisor for the White House. For live analysis of disaster planning, make sure to attend “Surviving The Crisis: Disaster Recovery & Strategic Planning” on Monday, […]
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Shortly after Senate investigation, White House report on Katrina equally critical of response

Shortly after Senate investigation, White House report on Katrina equally critical of response | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

Lack of experience from disaster response managers is being cited as one of the primary failures in Katrina reactions, according to a lengthy report by Frances Fragos Townsend, homeland security advisor for the White House.

For live analysis of disaster planning, make sure to attend “Surviving The Crisis: Disaster Recovery & Strategic Planning” on Monday, April 10, from 11 a.m to 12 noon during The TFM Show. This event will take place at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Panelists will include disaster planning experts, and facility professionals who have been involved in 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To register, click here.

An Associated Press article posted on CNN states,

Townsend’s review cites failures at a half-dozen federal agencies, and singles out Homeland Security in particular for lacking fast communication with emergency responders and the public, and an inadequate system for stockpiling supplies before a disaster hits.

The White House review comes a week after a special House committee issued its own findings that faulted every level of government for the slow response. The scathing House report, written by Republicans, found that earlier involvement by President Bush would have speeded up the federal response.

The White House report also found “significant flaws” in the national response plan the Department of Homeland Security issued last year that serves as a blueprint for action the government is supposed to follow during emergencies.

The New York Times (registration required) has a good piece on recommendations to reconfigure responsibilities during times of crisis–a major weakness during Katrina response.

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