Confidence in U.S. Fire Service Upheld In Katrina Response Report
November 22, 2005 - Only fire departments and charitable groups retained public confidence following the nation’s response to Hurricane Katrina, according to a report published by New York University’s Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response, a federally-funded think tank created following the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The study, which compares the nation’s disaster preparedness pre- and post-Katrina, shows that the fire service is one of the only institutions that did not suffer a dip in the public’s perception of its ability to handle a disaster. Federal and local government, business and police were all viewed as less likely to be able to respond to a disaster.


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