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