Eerily coinciding with the grim 7-year anniversary of the devastating disaster and aftermath of the infamous Hurricane Katrina that ravished New Orleans in 2005, Hurricane Isaac came ashore on the night of Tuesday, August 28, 2012. The large, slow-moving storm loomed over the Gulf of Mexico for nearly a day before it finally hit, leaving a river of destruction in its wake.
As it was labeled a mere Category 1 hurricane, few were prepared for the wrath of Isaac. Many people chose to ride out the storm rather than heed the evacuation orders, thinking that if they could survive Category 3 Katrina, then Isaac would be little more than a breeze. But Isaac brought the area a much bigger anniversary “gift” than the residents expected, soaking some cities with up to sixteen inches of rain and cutting power to nearly 100,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana alone.
The city of New Orleans has emergency preparedness teams to thank for remaining above water during Isaac’s pounding. After the horrific aftermath of Katrina was finally over, crisis management officials put a fortified levee system in place to protect the city from another mass flooding. Although recovery teams are in place to pick up the pieces of towns Isaac left in shambles, the hurricane season has only just begun.
Although meteorologists had initially predicted a mild season, they are now changing their tunes, saying that we can expect a more active season than normal this year.
When natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and even tsunamis take place, victims rely on crisis and disaster management experts to be there to not only save lives, but help put those lives back together during the aftermath. These are the men and women who work behind the scenes, organizing rescue efforts, putting together teams of people to assist in recovery and clean-up, and putting preventive measures in place to protect lives and property from future damage.
Since natural disasters and other emergencies are not only common, but completely unpredictable, individuals trained in crisis and disaster management are vital within the emergency management career field. Everglades University provides an emergency management degree program for those wishing to pursue this rewarding and potentially life-saving career. The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Crisis and Disaster Management requires 123 credit hours consisting of classes such as Crisis and Disaster Psychology, Community Disaster Mitigation and Recovery, and Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment among others. To find out more about this program, prospective students can view the full course details or request more information from the University.