Griffith's sentiments, Hurricane Katrina, FEMA
The postulation that there is no hope of doing perfect research was put forth in 1998, Griffith (97). At first sight, it sounds rather vague and unfounded. Nevertheless, after proper scrutiny, I perfectly agree with it. Something is said to be perfect when it is flawless. A perfect thing is the ideal situation which raises no doubts and needs no further amendments. On the other hand, research is the calculated action of seeking for particular facts that are not yet known in a given field of knowledge (Lichtman 7). This inevitably implies searching through work that was previously done by the forerunners in the realm and came up with a new school of thought. This in essence disapproves the authentic nature of the forerunners' researches that were deemed to be ideal. The definition of research itself points out flaws in research and thus ascertains Griffith's sentiments that indeed there is no hope of doing accurate research.
An excellent example that show the authenticity of the deviant thought that there is no need of doing comprehensive research is the menace that FEMA ran into in dealing with the eventualities of the infamous Hurricane Katrina. FEMA is an American federal organ that is charged with dealing with major catastrophes that hit the US. It is mandated to mitigate the impact of such calamities. Before the storm that took place in Louisiana State in August of 2005, FEMA had conducted an in-depth research which had been deemed to be perfect. It was considered to be in a position to handle disasters of whatever magnitude. This was proven to be incredibly wrong when the hurricane Katrina stroke. Katrina led to the death of a whooping 1800 people; the displacement of a million others and a wanton destruction of property valued at an incredible 40.6 billion dollars. This generated a row of further research in an effort to come up with more reliable disaster management skills by FEMA. It thus with no doubt proved that the earlier study conducted by FEMA was not complete.
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