Hurricane Katrina: Total System Failure

September 5th, 2005 by Hans Bjordahl :: 11 Comments

Hurricane Katrina was not one disaster. It was two disasters:

1) A Category 4 hurricane devastating large portions of three states, including a major American city.

2) The federal government’s total system failure in addressing a catastrophe that had been foreseen as a near-certainty for days, and as a possibility for decades.

And make no mistake: The second disaster killed many, many Americans who managed to survive the first. Perhaps thousands of Americans.

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