For the most part New Orleans is a welfare city. The government has been given the role of the father and the proper family structure is absent due to divorce and illegitimacy. Did the absence of functional families contribute to New Orleans’ inability to properly prepare for and recover from Katrina? If people do not function within family groups because these groups are dysfunctional or absent altogether, can they function as productive members of larger groups (neighborhood, church, school) and society as a whole (city, state, country)? Didn’t Katrina simply exacerbate the social pathologies (crime, sloth, selfishness) that had already been put in motion by the breakdown of the family? Should maintaining the proper family structure be the first and foremost preparation for any kind of emergency or disaster? To what extent should the government be involved in preserving families?