October, 2013

Response and Recovery after the Joplin Tornado

Lessons Applied and Lessons Learned
  • Daniel Sutter

    Senior Affiliated Scholar
  • Daniel J. Smith

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Unlike the governmental response to Hurricane Katrina, the disaster recovery efforts that followed the catastrophic tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in 2011 provide a model worth emulating. City and state officials facilitated recovery by temporarily relaxing regulations, hiring extra building inspectors, waiving state procurement and bidding rules, and resisting the temptation to micromanage.

Find the article at the Independent Review.