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Taking the High Ground: FEMA Trailer Siting after Hurricane Katrina

This report uses data from over 300 census blocks across New Orleans to investigate temporary housing after Hurricane Katrina, with specific attention on the effectiveness of housing siting practices. Past research has pointed toward descriptors such as race, socioeconomic and political factors, and collective action potential as most affecting the chance of selection for one of FEMA's temporary trailer parks, but this article asserts instead that water depth is the strongest indicator of which areas would be chosen for them. In essence, geographically vulnerable regions were of higher priority than socially vulnerable ones. The piece further examines gaps between policy and its implementation after a disaster.

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