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

Publication Date: June 2009

Publisher: Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

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

Research Area: Economics; Environment

Keywords: Disaster Recovery; Hurricane Katrina

Type: Report

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.