The Politics of Disaster

By MFA Interaction Design on December 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy hit just two weeks before the presidential election, and resulted in a flurry of media attention focused on government disaster relief. We wanted to know: how political is a disaster?

How have politics shaped Federal Emergency Management Agency over time?

Hurricane Sandy hit just two weeks before the presidential election, and resulted in a flurry of media attention focused on government disaster relief. We wanted to know: how political is a disaster? Our goal was to understand the role of government during a crisis, and how FEMA has been shaped by politics over time.

That’s from first-year MFA candidates Rae Milne and Meghana Khandekar. They created this visualization for Design of Systems final project with Rachel Abrams.