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Q: Safety Issues: Hurricane Katrina ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Safety Issues: Hurricane Katrina
Category: Reference, Education and News > Current Events
Asked by: safetyissues-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 18 Sep 2005 07:43 PDT
Expires: 20 Sep 2005 09:00 PDT
Question ID: 569363
Create an outline of safety issues related to Hurricane Katrina.

"Safety" here relates to personal injury and/or property damage.

"Issues" here refers to topics requiring deliberation, solutions,
voting, promoting a standard (such as ICE "In Case of Emergency"
labels in cell phone directories), important safety tips
particulary those that correct misconceptions, and please
include the role of the media in promoting public safety
and disambiguating official emergency instructions.

Aim for 7 main categories in the tersely-worded outline, more if needed.

The subcategories itemized under each of these will be the real content.

For each subcategory create a simple grid:


Next to each location simply indicate
* likelihood of occurence,
* severity of personal injury,
* severity of property damage.

Indicate using a number from 1 to 6.
1 = unlikely to occur
6 = certain to occur
1 = no personal injury (2 = minor cut)
6 = catastrophic injury or fatal
1 = no property damage (2 = minor do it yourself repair)
6 = destroyed, must dispose

For national, make note of where else the issue must be
addressed (for example, where tornados or flooding occurs).

Same for worldwide.

The 1-6 scores reflect the status within the areas of
concern, and do *not* average in an entire state, or
the entire US, or the entire world.

Also, for each subcategory:

* Find a deep link to a page describing the safety issue
* Find a current news article exploring the safety issue,
  preferably from a source with a long-term free archive
* Find the home page of a top-Google-ranked .com/.org/.edu 
  web site that addresses the safety issue
* Find the index page of the appropriate division of a 
  .gov site that deals with the safety issue


As a separate listing, list selected safety-related state
agencies' web sites for each Gulf Coast state:


Thank you!

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 19 Sep 2005 04:47 PDT
I'm afraid I don't quite get what you're after, here.

You mentioned ICE, for instance.  How/where would ICE fit into your
grid?  Is ICE supposed to be ranked according to likelihood, severity,
etc?  That doesn't seem to make sense, and I don't imagine that's what
you want...but I'm not clear on what you do want.

Alternatively, a very real Katrina-related issue is the possibility of
an epidemic.  How/where would this fit into your scheme.

Any additional context you can offer would help us in trying to get
you an answer to your question.



Clarification of Question by safetyissues-ga on 19 Sep 2005 07:05 PDT
Good catch, pafalafa-ga. Only incorporate the grid where appropriate.
When in doubt, an annotation would be fine. Another way to look at it
would be to state an issue, show a grid, then append some proposed
solutions. For ICE, I might think about the danger it addresses,
namely, being found unconscious.

Also, feel free to shape the final outline as you see fit since you're
on the front line. You may want to sort by type of injury or threat.
Or by timeline. Or by area of responsibility, such as agencies that
focus only on one part of the problem (however, this will probably
demonstrate the real need for multi-sector coordination). Whichever
way you go, use the metric in a way that would help establish
priorities. Suggestions for expanding or improving the metric are most

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 19 Sep 2005 07:12 PDT

Could I ask for one more clarification?

Could you put together a small piece of your grid to show us what it
would look like?

For instance, take ICE in TX and LA -- what would the content of the
grid be for this issue, in these two states?  Do you really expect
there would be a difference between the TX content and the LA content?
-- it's hard to see what the difference would be.

With a concrete example in hand, it seems your question would be much
more approachable.



Clarification of Question by safetyissues-ga on 19 Sep 2005 09:11 PDT
I can see that we would benefit by doing this in 2 parts. First, we
state the problems and solutions. Afterwards, we construct a metric.
If we follow this, then for the same price, you could do part 1. Part
2 would be a new question once we look at the data.

So, to revise the question a bit: 

Compile data on 3 levels

1. Safety issues as identified by federal agencies and national organizations.

2. Safety issues as identified by state agencies and organizations,
noting where the guidelines or concerns are more particular than what
is provided at the national (or general hurricane safety) level.

3. Safety issues at the community level as reported or examined in the
news coverage, again noting where actual local experience diverges
from state and national perspectives.

Organize the outline by timeline, for example:

1. Pre-hurricane season
2. Hurricane season
3. Hurricane warning
4. Hurricane approach

Again, feel free to re-label these stages.

Of all the links, the most valuable ones would be the links to news
articles that reported unexpected or unaddressed safety issues, as
well as articles or press releases mentioning solutions to these.

Thanks for your care and attention here. Don't hesitate to ask more
questions or make suggestions based on your experience with the tools
you'll be using.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 19 Sep 2005 18:20 PDT
Sorry...but I'm just not getting any clearer on what you need.  There
are a lot of researchers here at Google Answers, though.  Perhaps
another one of them can pick up on this question and try to assist

All the best,


Clarification of Question by safetyissues-ga on 19 Sep 2005 18:30 PDT
Thank you. If you talk to any of them please let them know that, as
always, I'm open to suggestions.

In Peace,

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