Isaac leaves New Orleans universities with minor damage
- Despite some schools in New Orleans suffering minor flooding and loss of power, none were faced with the sort of disruptive damage brought on by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
- While it's true that Isaac was nowhere near as powerful as Katrina, administrators are crediting the minor damage to increased preparedness learned from the lessons of Katrina.
- Several universities now have business interruption plans in place, which would allow for courses to be taught online in the face of catastrophic damage, and schools that allowed students to seek shelter in place during Isaac had emergency response teams and evacuation plans prepared.
From the article:
Last Sunday, when forecasters first began to predict then-Tropical Storm Isaac might hit New Orleans, staff at all Delgado Community College's campuses were immediately set to work tying down loose items and clearing drains and gutters. "The best story of Isaac from my perspective is the demonstration of our preparedness," Chancellor Monty Sullivan said. "Our staff was on the spot Sunday at 10 a.m." The reason for the swift action? A lesson Delgado learned the hard way. ...
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