Recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence continue in North Carolina, South Carolina, and some parts of southern Virginia. It is sad to see the devastation caused by the storm. In contrast, it is relieving to see help getting to those in need. Consequently, we need to increase flooding and disaster preparedness efforts personally, by community groups, and the government.
Recent Response to Flooding
Government response to the disaster seems well managed. Emergency personnel rescued thousands of people from flooded areas. Also reporting on the aftermath indicates most people heeded government warnings to evacuate
Problems in Flooding and Disaster Preparedness
There appears to be a lack in two areas of preparedness. First, limited notification of flooded roadways. This resulted in some vehicles lost on flooded roads. Second, thousands of people lacked a good plan and/or execution of evacuation and recovery after the disaster hit.
Corporate Help for Flooding and Disaster Preparedness
I read a few articles in The Virginia Pilot today that addressed managing flooding and disasters. First of all, one article by Peter Coutu talked about the Norfolk company Green Stream and their product to monitor flooding. The flood sensors are solar powered and rugged. Also they are Internet connected to send alerts to the local community. Coutu wrote, “Each one costs about $500, Lindquist said. That’s significantly less than the sensors used by NOAA or USGS, which can be up to $20,000 she said.”
If you live in a community with a history of flooding, please contact your community groups and city government about installing these sensors to help protect lives and property.
Government Help for Flooding and Disaster Preparedness
Secondly, an article by Dave Gammon focused on government climate policy solutions. He urged politicians to work together and honestly consider conservative and liberal climate policy solutions. I applaud his desire for honest cooperation to generate government policy. People should encourage politicians to use science based solutions.
Though he pointed out some flaws in liberal and conservative thought, I found some flaws in his article. Liberal media and politicians promote the term “climate change”. The public realized that scientists failed to prove man-made “global warming” is a global threat. So liberals replaced the term “global warming” with “climate change.” The problem with the term “climate change” is that the climate is always changing as there are four seasons. Mr. Gammon seems to assume that our use of fossil fuels significantly contributes to rising sea levels. This has not yet been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. This leads to the assumption that mankind can impact climate change by changing our energy sources.
The government should encourage the use of renewable energy by using it for government facilities. Also, government should not require its use by the public. Our government should focus on addressing pollution proven to be harmful to people and the environment. Power companies should make the costs for cleanup of toxic waste more apparent to rate payers. Also government could increase fees or fines on fossil fuel use by power companies.
When it comes to flooding, government at all levels should take reasonable measures to reduce the impact of flooding and encourage people to avoid developing property in flood prone areas. Government should improve flood zone mapping and adjust flood insurance costs to more accurately reflect recovery costs in flood zones.
Charitable Help for Flooding and Disaster Preparedness
In addition to contacting the government, you can help those recovering from flooding and disasters by donating to charities like:
The Salvation Army National Headquarters – The Army of Compassion
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