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Flooded With Help - But Still Flailing (PDF)

June 24, 2010

Prior to Katrina, the U.S. had never accepted aid from foreign countries. As a result of the lessons learned from Katrina, the Federal government revised its response plan and developed an interagency process to coordinate offers of foreign assistance for a domestic response. But today it is unclear if any of these mechanisms are being utilized.

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