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It was certainly not a drill but there was a recent test of the disaster response system in New Orleans and surrounding areas of Louisiana during hurricane Issac. The government officials had to decide who to evacuate and when. The new levy systems were tried and tested. It was important to make appropriate responses to over-topped levies like the few that needed to be breached to let the water back out. Emergency officials had to respond to those that needed assistance. They needed to work together with city officials and citizens to rescue those that did not evacuate and were trapped by the rapidly rising water. In many ways, the disaster response went smoothly while in others there were some short comings. Of course, it is impossible to predict the weather and no one knew how much rain water Issac would be dumping on the low lying area as it stalled over the city. Since the disaster response to Hurricane Issac is often being compared to the response of Hurricane Katrina, this might be a good example to look through. The comparison of a disaster plan in the same area will provide an interesting and far more in-depth look at disaster response in general.
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