Ad Hoc: Hurricane Katrina, 2005

It’s late August 2005, and the worst natural disaster in American history is about to descend on the southeastern corner of the United States. On August 23rd, Hurricane Katrina begins to form over the Bahamas. Experts know that it is set to demolish the Gulf States, and hit especially hard in New Orleans. With the protection of levees and floodwalls, perhaps New Orleans can get through this in one piece. But as the winds become stronger, this Ad Hoc committee must step up to the plate to protect New Orleans and the rest of the South from destruction. The preparations that the committee puts forth will determine the amount of damage and danger that these Americans will endure. From decimated infrastructure to increased crime to health concerns, delegates must be diligent in considering their post-hurricane responses. Even the economy and the government of many of these cities themselves are at stake in the wake of Katrina. Delegates actually have another chance to get this right, and may be able to erase this hurricane from its dark place in American history.

 

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The Ad Hoc Committee of the Secretary General is designed to give experienced delegates a unique and exciting experience. The committee itself will remain secret until shortly before conference when the background guide is released. Delegates will be forced to think creatively and quickly, and crisis skills will be continuously tested. The Ad Hoc committee will be home to high caliber debate and strive to create the most innovative crisis experience for delegates.

Character Name | School

Ray Nagin | Alabama Christian Academy 

Haley Barbour | Bob Jones High School 

Eddie Compass | Brewster High School 

Michael D. Brown | Gadsden City High School 

Dick Cheney | Hillcrest High School

Chris Rose | Indian Springs High School

Kathleen Blanco | LAMP High School

Thad Allen | Pope John Paul II High School

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter | Signal Mountain High School

Welcome to ALMUN, in what will almost certainly be a thrilling weekend filled with high stakes, quick decisions, and a hurricane of vast proportions. This year, ALMUN is proud to reveal that its Ad Hoc centers around Hurricane Katrina. This committee is the product of a year of dedicated work created by a knowledgeable staff of skilled individuals. Christian Bender is humbled to serve as your Crisis Director, and Caitlyn Johnson is thrilled to be serving as your Assistant Crisis Director.

 

Hurricane Katrina decimated lives, homes, cities, and, to a certain extent, America as a whole. As such, the hurricane forced local and federal governmental forces, as well as local citizens, reporters, doctors, and religious clergy, to solve the enormous problem that was Hurricane Katrina. Specifically, this committee will focus their attention onto New Orleans, Louisiana, and the surrounding area. Before the storm, thirty percent of New Orleans’ residents were impoverished. Thus, many had no effective method of escaping the city before the storm hit. This committee’s job is to protect and save those victims stranded in a drowning city. Its other job is to rebuild New Orleans.

 

The images taken of New Orleans after being struck by Hurricane Katrina are stark. The storm incontrovertibly damaged New Orleans. Buildings were flooded, disease was rampant, and local schools and hospitals were destroyed. Ad Hoc is called to provide a home—namely, an entire city—to a people whose city had been stolen from them.

 

Cedric Richmond, the U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district, described Hurricane Katrina as a “mix of a natural and a man-made catastrophe.” By “man-made catastrophe”, he is referring to the forces pooled together to save New Orleans. Sadly, they ultimately failed to do just that. Some blame the authority figures’  incompetence, others blame hidden personal agendas. Whatever the case of their failure, this committee is expected to put aside its differences in order successfully save an entire city.

 

This committee will pull on all the skills which you have acquired throughout your Model United Nations career. Now more than ever, you must rely on your diplomacy in an environment sorely lacking it. Indeed, we aim for this committee to sharpen the diplomatic skills required of every leader. Only then can New Orleans be saved from Hurricane Katrina. Lastly, please remember to have fun. Above all, we, as your Crisis Directors, wish to see comradery and diplomacy rather than competition and, yes, backstabbing among you. Here’s to a weekend of healthy problem-solving!

Crisis Director: Christian Bender

Hometown:

Pittsburgh, PA

Majors:

International Studies, Theatre

Assistant Crisis Director: Caitlyn Johnson

Hometown:

Chattanooga, TN

Major:

Political Science 

Chair:

Sarah Elizabeth Atkins

Hometown:

Pike Road, AL

Major:

Computer Science

Co-Chair: Erin Mcfadden

Hometown:

Newnan, GA

Majors:

Anthropology, International Relations

Committee Staff: Alex Watts, Ryan Davey, Adam Peters