Role of Faith-Based and Community Organizations in Providing Relief and Recovery Services After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Timing and Reasons for FBCO Involvement in Relief and Recovery Services


Although hurricanes are common in the Gulf Coast, hurricanes Katrina and Rita were so powerful and damage so extensive that the response to the storms was unprecedented. About two-thirds of the FBCOs in the survey said that this was the first time they had provided disaster relief services, and all but one case study organization were new to disaster work. Several factors affected FBCOs responses to this disaster, including timing and distance from the storms impact. The case studies suggest that the magnitude of the storms and its effect was the primary motivator.

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