Hurricane Katrina: Risk Communication in Response to a Natural Disaster

  • Will Whiting
Part of the Food Microbiology and Food Safety book series (FMFS)

From wildfires in California to tornadoes in Oklahoma to hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, natural disasters are common events. When natural disasters strike, they threaten and disrupt the normal activities of businesses, churches, and schools. Hurricanes, like most natural disasters, also threaten the access that people have to basic needs like food and water. Ultimately, most natural disasters prevent rescue workers from transporting basic commodities like food and water to those in need.

Over the last several years, numerous natural disasters have threatened the United States. The greatest natural disaster of recent history that produced a significant threat to humanity was Hurricane Katrina. The impact Hurricane Katrina had on the U.S. Gulf Coast left many citizens, including children and the elderly, without access to basic necessities such as food and water. The shortage of food and water during the Hurricane Katrina disaster resulted in part from government officials failing to...


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