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Who's in Charge? Who Should Be? The Role of the Federal Government in Megadisasters: Based on Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

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Publication Date: June 2009

Publisher(s): Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Author(s): Marc Landy; Richard P. Nathan

Topic: Economics (Infrastructure)
Environment (Natural disasters)

Keywords: Disaster Recovery; Hurricane Katrina

Coverage: Mississippi Louisiana Louisiana


An Institute report recommends the federal government response to disasters should be changed to allow the president to appoint quickly a special Officer-in-Charge -- with pre-approved discretionary funding -- to oversee and coordinate government efforts following a major catastrophic event.


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