The Storm

Discussion Questions

  1. Why did the communication system break down hours after Hurricane Katrina?
  2. What was the purpose of the Hurricane Pam exercise? Why was it unsuccessful?
  3. Why did many people remain in New Orleans after there was an evacuation order?
  4. What problems existed for the people that were trapped in the city?
  5. Why has there been criticism of President George W. Bush's initial response to Hurricane Katrina?
  6. What hazards were posed by the floodwaters?
  7. What were the criticisms of FEMA?
  8. What lessons do you think were learned as a result of Hurricane Katrina?