March 1, 2009
Crisis Response Journal
The United States has focused sharply on evacuation from catastrophic events, particularly in major cities, since the experiences of the September 11 bombings in New York City and Washington, DC, and even more so since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the southeast in 2005. A 2006 report by the US Department of Transportation and the US Department of Homeland Security questioned the evacuation readiness for catastrophic events of the 75 major urban areas in the United States. The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School convened a panel of emergency management specialists for a webcast discussion in March 2008 to consider the issues involved in getting a major city ready for evacuation. The following edited excerpts from that discussion are the second of two articles to appear in Crisis Response Journal.
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