While it may be tempting to believe that the Jewish community, with its vast infrastructure and significant resources, has the ability to take care of its own, the author asserts that Hurricane Katrina proved this not to be the case. Therefore, he argues, when considering the necessities of emergency preparedness, relationships with general community organizations and institutions are a vital component, no less important than evacuation protocols, communication plans, or data backup systems. In addition, he notes, Jewish-funded relief efforts to the non-Jewish community engender considerable goodwill, enhancing interfaith and interethnic relations.
Milens, Andi. Do Not Separate Yourself from the Community: Community Relations in Disaster Response and Recovery. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2007: