US Senate Hurricane Katrina Report
Following the wake of Katrina, a number of large US NGOs are reevaluating thier position in responding to disasters within the United States. From being involved with the USG disaster response system over the past seven years, I can tell you it is very broken and is going to take considerable time and effort to fix. The take home message for NGOs is to be very sure you have your own safety and security measures in place for staff members. There's a tendency to think the government will take care of you, especially if the disaster is within US borders, however after being on the ground in New Orleans, I can tell you this may not always be the case.