Why Didn’t 9/11 Prepare Us For Hurricane Katrina

On August 28, 2005, America was attacked by an act of nature. We don’t need a Katrina Commission to tell us that a Katrina was likely to occur and that we should have provided reasonable security to preserve life and property in her wake. New Orleans’ below sea level vulnerability had been recognized for decades by the local and federal authorities responsible for emergency preparedness. It was well known that the levees would not hold in a serious storm, and they didn’t.

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