Title

United States Federal Government Response to Domestic and International Natural Disasters: Case Study

Publication Date

1-1-2007

Degree Name

MA in International and Intercultural Management

First Advisor

James Breeden

Abstract

This case study examines the capabilities of two American disaster relief agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), to respond to natural disasters. Specifically, the paper compares FEMA’s response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to OFDA’s role in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan in Guatemala, focusing on the impact of institutional structure on the agencies’ response capabilities, including FEMA’s operations within the Department of Homeland Security, identifying specific disaster relief mechanisms that are generally deemed to be effective, domestically and internationally, and considering whether the same mechanisms can be effective in both settings.

Disciplines

International Relations | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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