In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, directly affecting 1.5 million people. Only one year earlier, an Indian Ocean tsunami struck Indonesia, destroying or damaging more than 370,000 homes. As forces of nature, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods are not limited to occurrences in any one community or any one country. In Law and Recovery from Disaster: Hurricane Katrina, attention is focused on the ability of law and legal institutions to not only survive such disasters but to effectively facilitate recovery. Using Hurricane Katrina as a lens, contributors address a wide range of issues of interest to people concerned about property law, disaster preparedness, housing, insurance, small business recovery, land use planning and the needs of people with disabilities. While Hurricane Katrina is the focal point for discussion, the lessons learned are readily applicable to a variety of disaster situations in a wide range of global settings.
'Students of disaster response will find much to learn here. This book shows how the response to Katrina was delayed because of mistaken understandings of federalism, how misunderstanding of rural conditions impaired disaster planning, and how the intricacies of state property law impact rebuilding. We need to heed these lessons if we want to do better after the next "big one" strikes.' Daniel A. Farber, University of California, Berkeley, USA 'A natural hazard becomes disastrous when human systems fail to cope with its social, economic and physical impacts. This book illustrates the way in which law and legal institutions can help to turn natural events into human disasters. It will be essential reading not only for those interested in Hurricane Katrina but for students of natural disasters around the world.' Daniel Fitzpatrick, Australian National University; Land Rights Adviser, United Nations Tsunami Recovery Program, Indonesia 'Although Law and Recovery from Disaster focuses on Hurricane Katrina, with its high cost in lives and property, the book's themes possess wider and more general applicability. The book is an appropriate choice for all types of law libraries, especially those in areas of the country that are prone to natural disasters.' Law Library Journal
Contents: Law among the ruins, Jim Chen; Property and radical change: observations on property relationships from post-Katrina New Orleans, John A. Lovett; Land use and planning by design and by disaster, Frank S. Alexander; Place, disasters and disability, Debra Lyn Bassett; Natural disasters and persons with disabilities, Janet E. Lord, Michael E. Waterstone and Michael Ashley Stein; Insurance and the flood, Aviva Abramovsky; Participation and disintermediation in a risk society, Robert J. Rhee; Small business recovery from a natural disaster: lessons from Katrina, Rodney C. Runyan and Patricia Huddleston; Legislation and criminalization impacting renters displaced by Katrina, Olympia Duhart and Eloisa C. Rodriguez-Dod; Navigating the topography of inequality post-disaster: a proposal for remedying past geographic segregation during rebuilding, Michèle Alexandre; How the new federalism failed Katrina victims, Erin Ryan; Table of cases; Bibliography; Index.