The Long Road Home: Race, Class and Recovery from Hurricane Katrina

S.L. Cutter, C.T. Emrich, J.T. Mitchell, Bryan Boruff, M. Gall, M.C. Schmidtlein, C.G. Burton, G. Melton

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    174 Citations (Scopus)


    The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active season on record and produced 3 category five storms, namely Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Wilma. The article explores the impact these storms had on the Gulf Coast of the USA. It highlights the effect that Hurricane Katrina had on the structure of New Orleans and also on the people who stayed in the city. Those who stayed were deemed to be the socially vulnerable, and issues of race, ethnicity and poverty were raised. Hurricane Katrina brought national awareness to the deficiencies in preparedness and response to disasters, especially in urban areas. The reconstruction of the area, the rebuilding of peoples' lives and the impact of demographic change are also explored in the article.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8-20
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    Dive into the research topics of 'The Long Road Home: Race, Class and Recovery from Hurricane Katrina'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this