Final Katrina Presentation[1] | Hurricane Katrina | Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Katrina: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


by Zoe Rogovin, Jessica Asbill, Emily Leary, Stephanie Sall & Sara Walker


Before Hurricane Katrina

Both Camille (1969) and Katrina (2005) made landfall on the along the Gulf Coast of the United States.  It is due to the nature of both and the media coverage given for the impact of both hurricanes that many citizens decided to try to ride out Katrina in 2005.  After experiencing Camille and surviving one of America’s most deadly storms (258 dead and $1.42 billion in damages), numerous citizens of Katrina found the circumstances the same this time around, and assumed the outcome would also be the same, especially Camille Katrina since they did not believe another Camille could hit  1969  2005 them.  


Effective Coverage During Hurricane Katrina

• The New Orleans Times-Picayune put out a special edition of the paper on August 30, 2005. •All article were short and to the point, giving the most important information that residents would need to know. •Articles covered everything from the LSU football game being cancelled to warnings from the parish presidents telling residents not to return, to areas of high crime and looting.

•Larry King hosted a three hour special “How You Can Help” giving phone numbers and websites that people outside of the country can use to find out how to donate supplies to the displaced residents, as well as the hotline for people to call to locate friends and family members in the

Ineffective Coverage During Hurricane Katri
Definition : not capable of performing efficiently or as expected What does the public need to know during Hurricane Katrina? Weather conditions Flooding People’s safety / status How the city is holding up What to expect after it’s over Examples of ineffective coverage during Hurricane Katrina include: • Thematic (general events) vs. Episodic (specific events) Framing (affects who the public views as responsible for the crisis)


•Biased framing & stereotyping (African Americans were often portrayed as lawbreakers, victims and refugees during and shortly after the hurricane) •Stories not relevant to Hurricane Katrina (do not focus


http:// =y2cThrLu91A This clip shows an ABC reporter trying to negatively frame / blame president Bush for the crisis

Racial Stereotyping “looting” vs “finding” food

Effective Coverage After Hurricane Katrina • President Bush

calls the storm “one of the worst natural disasters in our nation’s history” •“but there is no doubt in my mind we’re going to succeed,” he remarks •Katrina marks the first test of a national response plan developed by Homeland Security Department •White house officials will ask Congress for supplemental funding •Federal officials’ top priorities: saving lives, keeping survivors healthy, medical treatment

•The United Way Katrina Refugee Relief Fund •Volunteering time or donating begging •U.S. is developing a plan to •Religious organizations restore Chronicle (TX) – Thursday, and Houston power, communication Sports relief to raise money September 1, 2005 other essential services
Katrina: The Aftermath – White House Response

the evacuation “lack of buses”

the levees
MSNBC Nightly News with Brian Willams : What Went Wrong?

government mismanagement

•Brian Williams, from MSNBC Nightly News, reports from site of disaster one year later: “what went wrong?” •Asking harsh questions about how Katrina disaster could have been prevented •Showing the anatomy of the disaster •Warnings that “most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks”

neffective Coverage After Hurricane Katrina +

“Faulk's thoughts on family, New Orleans” from The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on September 1, 2005

More of a human interest piece than actual coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath

Focuses on Marshall Faulk, the St. Louis Rams’ running back and how Hurricane Katrina has affected his game and preparation for football Gives Faulk’s views on the morality of looting Discusses his experience with hurricanes as a

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child, his family

“Coach Mike Martz isn't sure whether Faulk will play against the Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup game…”

+ “As

tragedy hits, Bush is missing from duty” from The Albuquerque Tribune in New Mexico on September 1, 2005

he a  Pointing fingers won’t help the relief t id rs “D de is effort h un d t our ?  Criticism of the government n s mi  Dwelling on the past wa una  Reactive, rather than proactive ts ”


Hurricane Katrina Coverage Today

•Make It Right foundation and 150 promised homes •Focuses on home construction in areas of New Orleans that were heavily damaged •Homes are being built with solar panels and energy-efficient appliances •“We can no longer tell ourselves that implementing this technology is too complex a problem because its just been proven on this little spot on the map •Clinton Global Initiative •Annual event started by former President Bill Clinton •Brings together public and private sector to discuss solutions to problems in the following areas: September 24, 2009 •Climate change



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