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The Natural Hazards Center, Wharton, and The Communications Institute are pleased developed this list of the many of the best sources of information on Katrina and the larger issue of catastrophes and disasters. We will be continuing to expand this source and appreciate the input of other organizations including the Insurance Information Institute. 


Hurricane Katrina: Profile of a Super Cat
Lessons and Implications for Catastrophe Risk Management by RMS 

The Macroeconomic and Budgetary Effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Reports and testimony prepared by the Congressional Budget Office on the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 

GAO Report on Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities - Hurricane Katrina: Providing Oversight of the Nation's Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities prepared 

Understanding Katrina
The Social Science Research Council features essays addressing the underlying political, social, and economic issues laid bare by the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Using Mitigation to Rebuild a Safer Gulf Coast:  Prepared by the Association of State Floodplain Managers 

Fact Sheets from the U.S. Census Bureau
Features links to poverty data, population and housing estimates, demographic information, transportation data, and economic information for the areas affected by
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Geological Survey Impact Studies on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Science Magazine archives on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

The American Society of Civil Engineers
Special collection of journal and magazine articles and proceedings papers related to hurricane events. 

Other resources include the following:

Online resources  for covering Katrina and other natural disasters.

Private and Public Mechanisms for Handling Catastrophic Risks in the United States
The Insurance Information Institute has created an excellent summary of the private and public systems to handle loss caused by man-made and natural disasters in the United States.

Insurance Information Institute
The mission of the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) is to improve public understanding of insurance - what it does and how it works. T
he I.I.I. is recognized by the media, governments, regulatory organizations, universities and the public as a primary source of information, analysis and referral concerning insurance. The III can be contacted at 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038, 212-346-5500,

Kaiser Foundation/Harvard/Washington Post Survey of Katrina Victims 

Brookings Institution Katrina information 

National Weather Service
Katrina information with links 

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports   

GAO Reports:


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