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Natural Disaster Analysis after Hurricane Katrina

Risk Assessment, Economic Impacts and Social Implications Edited by Harry W. Richardson, Honorary Doctorate, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Peter Gordon, Professor, School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California, US and James E. Moore II, Professor, University of Southern California, US
This influential book explores the key policy implications arising from Hurricane Katrina. Leading scholars from fields as diverse as decision analysis, risk management, economics, engineering, transportation, urban planning and sociology investigate the policy issues associated with insurance, flood control and rebuilding levees, housing, tourism, utility lifelines recovery and resilience, evacuation and relocation and racial inferences. By assessing the disruption of life in New Orleans, as well as the inter-regional economic impacts of the disaster, the authors suggest steps that can be taken to minimize future risks, not only in New Orleans but all locations threatened by natural disasters.
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Publication Date: 2008
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Environment
  • Disasters
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Terrorism and Security
Hurricane Katrina was a pivotal event in the history of disaster mismanagement. Its impact will be felt well into the future and its lessons will be applied around the world. This influential volume explores key policy implications arising from the storm and its aftermath. Leading scholars from fields as diverse as decision analysis, risk management, economics engineering, transportation, urban planning and sociology investigate the policy issues associated with insurance, flood control and the rebuilding of levees, housing, tourism, utility lifelines recovery and resilience, evacuation, relocation and racial implications.

By assessing the disruption of life in New Orleans, as well as the inter-regional economic impacts of the disaster, the authors suggest steps that can be taken to minimize future risks, not only in New Orleans but also in all locations threatened by natural disasters. It then goes beyond Katrina to explore experiences and responses to similar events in other parts of the world. Another important feature is a discussion of the overlap between terrorist-initiated disasters and natural disasters. The issues raised by Katrina are very complex and teasing out successful policy implications is far from easy. This book is a major advance towards that goal.

Academics interested in the economics, policy, and planning aspects of natural and man-made disasters, specialists in emergency management and policymakers will find the insights and prescriptions offered here invaluable.
Contributors: C.-H.C. Bae, V.M. Bier, R.W. Bostic, J.C. Carbone, L. Clarke, E.J. Clay, M.E. Darden, K. Deloughery, S.M. Elmes, P. Gordon, D.G. Hallstrom, E. Hauser, S. Kim, Y. Kim, H.C. Kunreuther, J.-J. Lee, J.R. Logan, E.O. Michel-Kerjan, D. Molaison, J.E. Moore II, G. Oladosu, J. Park, J.C. Pope, H.W. Richardson, A. Rose, V.K. Smith, C. Southwell, N.J. Swartz, D. von Winterfeldt, B. Willardson, J. Zhuang
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Harry W. Richardson, Peter Gordon and James E. Moore II

2. Comprehensive Disaster Insurance: Will it Help in a Post-Katrina World?
Howard C. Kunreuther and Erwann O. Michel-Kerjan

3. A Decision Analysis of Options to Rebuild the New Orleans Flood Control System
Carl Southwell and Detlof von Winterfeldt

4. Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned
Jiin-Jen Lee and Bennington Willardson

5. Katrina vs. 9/11: How Should we Optimally Protect Against Both?
Jun Zhuang and Vicki M. Bier

6. Worst-Case Thinking and Official Failure in Katrina
Lee Clarke

7. Risk, Preparation, Evacuation and Rescue
Edd Hauser, Sherry M. Elmes and Nicholas J. Swartz

8. Not Katrina: The Thames Barrier Decision
Chang-Hee Christine Bae and Harry W. Richardson

9. Is New Orleans Ready to Celebrate After Katrina? Evidence from Mardi Gras and the Tourism Industry
Kathleen Deloughery

10. Estimating the State-by-State Economic Impacts of Hurricane Katrina
Jiyoung Park, Peter Gordon, James E. Moore II, Harry W. Richardson, Soojung Kim and Yunkyung Kim

11. Regional Economic Impacts of Natural and Man-Made Hazards: Disrupting Utility Lifeline Services to Households
Adam Rose and Gbadebo Oladosu

12. Adjusting to Natural Disasters
V. Kerry Smith, Jared C. Carbone, Jaren C. Pope, Daniel G. Hallstrom and Michael E. Darden

13. Katrina: A Third World Catastrophe?
Edward J. Clay

14. Hurricane Katrina and Housing: Devastation, Possibilities and
Prospects
Raphael W. Bostic and Danielle Molaison

15. Unnatural Disaster: Social Impacts and Policy Choices after Katrina
John R. Logan

Index