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It’s hard to believe that it has been 5 years since Hurricane Katrina. Has anything really changed since then, in regards to institutionalised disaster preparedness? There’s still kinks to be worked out in the system. In a speech at Xavier University on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of Katrina, US President Obama vowed that his administration would “put an end to the turf wars between agencies, to cut the red tape and the bureaucracy” that he said had been obstacles to the region’s continued recovery.

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I think it’s more of the same rhetoric that we’ve heard these past 5 years. In an event of a disaster, you really can’t depend on the government to help you. The best you can do is to work on disaster preparedness on a community level, so that we can help each other.

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