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Response to Katrina, Other Hurricanes Helped Shape Efforts to Aid Sandy Victims

Lessons learned from Gulf Coast disasters altered approach to hurricane relief

Hurricane Kristina

While Hurricane Sandy did unprecedented damage at the Jersey Shore and along the East Coast, it did have two notorious forebears: Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Rita, which devastated parts of Louisiana, Texas and the Gulf Coast in 2005.

Lessons learned from the federal response to those storms helped shaped the government’s approach to supplying aid to victims of Sandy seven years later.

Reporter Tracey Samuelson of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight, takes a look at how the changes in policy after the two Gulf Coast storms impacted affected, for better or for worse, the way authorities responded to Hurricane Sandy.

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