Upgrading Emergency Preparedness and Response

A governor's performance during a disaster speaks to his or her abilities as an overall leader and manager.

Soon after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, The Washington Post threw a spotlight on three individuals who would never see the storm fade away. For Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, and to a lesser extent, Alabama Gov. Bob Ri