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Title: Racial Geography, Economic Growth and Natural Disaster Resilience

Recent development of National Response Plans and National Incident Management Plans has emphasized the need for interoperability of plans, systems, technology, and command structures. However, much less emphasis has been placed on equally important elements such as the at-risk populations’ response to those plans, systems, and directions. The community-wide consequences of Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that the protection of communities should no longer be considered only a function of public organizations. Private organizations, nonprofit organizations and individual households have significant roles to play in these plans (Comfort 2006, Salamon 2002). This study is a first attempt to characterize the effect on the resilience (recovery) of metropolitan areas by the presence (or absence) of separate small communities within a larger jurisdiction. These communities can be based on many different social cleavages (ethnic, racial, economic, social, geographic, linguistic, etc.).
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  1. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  2. Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE, Research Project (Capturing Hurricane Katrina Data for Analysis and Lessons-Learned Research) from the Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI) of the US Department of Homeland Security
Contributing Orgs:
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Country of Publication:
United States
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES Natural Disaster Resilience; Hurricane Katrina; Katrina-affected areas in Mississippi and Louisiana