Wal-Marts Response to Hurricane Katrina: Striving for a Public-Private Partnership Case Solution

When Hurricane Katrina roared toward the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi August 28, 2005, the public sector of the local police of the Federal Emergency Management Agency-feverishly prepared for what is expected to be a devastating success. At the same time, the private sector has been the subject of its own extensive preparations. In its Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters, retail giant Wal-Mart distribution had already launched a comprehensive emergency response which includes stores in the area of ​​the storm with special products, equipment parking stores to evaluate as soon as either past Hurricane, which brings together representatives of all functional areas in a centralized emergency center to find the displaced employees, stores reopen operations and help affected communities. After Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic floods that broke the government’s response, however, Wal-Mart has been found to play a more important role than expected. These chaotic weeks raised important questions about whether the public sector could leverage the strengths and capabilities of the signal, and if she was willing to accept a greater role for Wal-Mart and other companies to respond to national emergencies. The case should be useful for those interested in the collaboration between emergency planning agencies, public-private partnerships, and organizational behavior. Revised September 2008. Number HKS case 1876.0
by
Susan Rosegrant,
Dutch Leonard
20 pages.
Release: Aug 28, 2007. Prod #: HKS150-PDF-ENG
Wal-Mart Response to Hurricane Katrina: In search of a solution for the case of public-private partnership

Wal-Marts Response to Hurricane Katrina: Striving for a Public-Private Partnership Case Solution
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