Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Fragano. S.J. Ledgister

Second Advisor

Dr. Hashim Gibrill

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert DeJanes


This dissertation conducts a descriptive case study analysis of the Robert T. Stafford Act and the role of the Federal, State, and Local government in the response to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Andrew. This dissertation investigates how race and class impacted the varying responses to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Andrew and demonstrates how available legislation could have prevented the massive loss of life and property.
Data presented in this study examined the effectiveness of the Robert T. Stafford Act and why it is an effective and necessary piece of legislation during natural disasters in lessening the loss of life, property, income and overall human suffering. The analysis in this dissertation examined the results of a study on whether race and class played a direct role in the type of response provided by all levels of government. The study concludes that the poor response provided to the victims of Hurricane Katrina could have been vastly improved if the guidelines of the Robert T. Stafford Act were followed and implemented properly.

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