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"Preparing for More Storms"

3 years 8 months 2 weeks ago January 09, 2013 Jan 9, 2013 Wednesday, January 09 2013 January 09, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

CNN reports that the overwhelming consensus among scientists is that the climate has changed, resulting in weather events that are more frequent and extreme. Recent analysis of Superstorm Sandy suggests that natural disasters pose a greater risk because the majority of Americans reside within 50 miles of a coast. Of greater risk is evidence validating the reliance of coastal communities on existing infrastructures that are more vulnerable. Gulf of Mexico residents appear to be better prepared for destructive storms by embracing cost-effective measures to reduce the harm that disasters create and speeding the recovery in affected communities. Five lessons should be considered for future catastrophes, including: predictive estimates for storm surge, infrastructure repairs prior to a storm, evacuation guidelines, rapid response and recovery, and better public preparation.

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