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Author Kneeland, Timothy W., 1962- author.

Title Playing politics with natural disaster : Hurricane Agnes, the 1972 election, and the origins of FEMA / Timothy W. Kneeland
Published Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 227 pages)
Contents Introduction : Local Disasters, Government Actors, and National Policy -- American Disaster Policy through 1972 : Growing Benefits and Expanding Federal Authority -- Agnes Makes Landfall : Death and Destruction in New York and Pennsylvania -- Who's in Charge? : Local Governments Collapse in the Face of Disaster -- Playing Politics with Disaster : Relief and the 1972 Election -- "I Have a HUD-Ache" : Public Discontent over Disaster Aid -- "Better than Ever"? Rebuilding amidst Industrial Decline -- Without Warning and Defenseless : The Weather Service and Civil Defense before and after Hurricane Agnes -- The Risky Business of Flood Control : When Dams and Levees Put People at Greater Risk of Flood -- The Disaster Relief Act of 1974 : Richard Nixon and the Creation of Emergency Management -- Epilogue : Into the Future
Summary "In Playing Politics with Natural Disaster, Timothy Kneeland describes how the administration of Richard Nixon exploited the Hurricane Agnes flooding for political gain and then eroded a generation of natural disaster legislation that had been steadily moving toward the federalization of United States natural disaster policy. With a strong focus on specific events in New York and Pennsylvania, Kneeland narrates how local, state, and federal authorities responded to the immediate crisis and then managed the long term recovery from Hurricane Agnes which caused billions of dollars in damage from Florida to New York and led to the death of 122 people. Kneeland's book will be the first to consider the Agnes disaster in terms of its multi-state consequences and to explain how the political response to the disaster shaped both state and federal natural disaster policy from that time to the present era"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on March 23, 2020)
Subject United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Disaster relief -- Government policy -- United States.
Disaster relief -- Political aspects -- United States
Emergency management -- Government policy -- United States
Emergency management -- Political aspects -- United States
Hurricane Agnes, 1972 -- Political aspects
Hurricanes -- Political aspects -- New York (State)
Hurricanes -- Political aspects -- Pennsylvania
Natural disasters -- Political aspects -- United States
Disaster relief -- Government policy.
Disaster relief -- Political aspects.
Emergency management -- Government policy.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
Natural disasters -- Political aspects.
New York (State)
United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019024695
ISBN 1501748548