Mitch Landrieu, who served as Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor from 2004 to 2010 and mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018, is a CNN political commentator. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)In any disaster, the response and recovery can only be as good as initial preparation.As lieutenant governor of Louisiana, I helped lead the state through Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav. As mayor of New Orleans, I helped lead the city through storms, the BP oil spill, boil-water advisories, floods, tornadoes and other major events. We prepared for Ebola and ran multiple tabletop exercises on pandemics and bioterrorism scenarios. I’ve been part of both good and bad responses to disasters and emergencies. The coronavirus, known as Covid-19, may be unique in the way it is transmitting itself and in its relative lethality. But the fundamentals of what a solid response entails and recovery to an emergency are remarkably consistent across any level of government, whether it be a public health threat, natural disaster or other crisis. Remember the CsResponses to emergencies require clear command and control; good and consistent communication; strong coordination and collaboration from all levels of government;


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