Response and Recovery after the Joplin Tornado: Lessons Applied and Lessons Learned
By Daniel J. Smith
Daniel Sutter

This article appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of The Independent Review


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.

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