Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that an unexpected catastrophe could have far-reaching consequences for the country.

Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that an unexpected catastrophe could have far-reaching consequences for the country. In the aftermath, a number of governmental policy changes have been instituted to prepare for such disasters and mitigate the effects of a disaster. The recent disastrous oil spill in the gulf took a long time to contain and many argued that the government had not learned any lessons at all from Hurricane Katrina, with respect to preparedness and response. Conduct your own research and make a persuasive argument whether you believe the government is or is not adequately prepared to respond to and mitigate a disaster such as a nuclear event (like the recent earthquake in Japan) or some similar catastrophic event.