Distribution of impacts of natural disasters across income groups: A case study of New Orleans

This paper uses Hurricane Katrina as a case study for analysis of how natural disasters affect different communities in different ways and proposes policies to reduce vulnerabilities. It focuses specifically on how “pre-existing social, physical and economic vulnerabilities” affect the initial impact of a storm, during the response, and through the recovery process. The paper finds socioeconomic factors played a significant role in particular economic groups' ability to respond to and recover from the Hurricane, and recommends policies such as living wage jobs to increase wealth and increasing access to loans for recovery.

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