Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy – Article Example

The paper "Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy" is an outstanding example of a law article review. In this chapter, the authors compare Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy based on the phase model proposed by Lewis Killian. First, in analyzing the two disasters based on Kallian’s model, the authors focus on all the four phases in great depth and detail. More importantly, the authors give both the advantages and the shortcomings of the model; this gives the chapter a balanced view. Secondly, the two disasters- Katrina and Sandy- are classified based on the categorization given by Gill, Picou, and Ritchie (2012), which is a modern form of classification. Katrina is classified as natech and Sandy as natural. Thirdly, the findings presented in this chapter support those from other research. For instance, in discussing the Hurricane Katrina, the findings presented are supported by those presented in the special report on the hurricane prepared by the Committee on Homeland and Security and Government Affairs for the US Congress Senate (2007). Similarly, the finding provided on Hurricane Sandy is supported by those in the report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (2013). Finally, in writing the chapter, the authors have used simple but clear language with no grammatical errors. This makes it easy to read and understand.  However, in discussing the crimes associated with these disasters, the authors do not comprehensively offer solutions to these crimes. For instance, they observe that looting was associated with Hurricane Katrina, and this was as a result of the social economic conditions in New Orleans. However, they fail to offer solutions to these problems. Secondly, although the authors have used a large number of sources in their research, very few of these sources are government or peer-reviewed. For instance, in collecting data comparing the two hurricanes, the authors rely on an article in the Huffington Post, another from Scientific American and the other a blog from the New York Times. One would expect such information to come from sources such as the National Climatic Data Center and the Department of Homeland Security.