My Texas History Notebook
Federalism and the State's Response to Disaster
Federalism and the State's Response to Disaster requires students to demonstrate an understanding of federalism by focusing on real-world issues and current events. Students analyze pressing issues to determine which governmental entity is responsible. Students will begin the activity by reviewing the term “federalism” and answering the following questions: Which government is responsible for the catastrophe following Hurricane Katrina, the federal or state government? Which government is responsible for rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, the federal or state government? What plans did the state of Texas, the state of Louisiana, and the government make when Hurricane Rita was charted to make landfall along the Texas/Louisiana coastline weeks after Katrina?