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Volume 18  Number 2  •  Fall 2013
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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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