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A MUST-READ: Hurricane Mitigation for the Built Environment

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If you live in a hurricane vulnerable region this book ‘Hurricane Mitigation for the Built Environment’ is a must-read. Get it NOW at 20% off the publisher’s price shipping and handling included! Read on for more information about this book and how to order it!

Over the past few days millions of people have been monitoring the progress of monster hurricane MATTHEW, which reached category 5 intensity for a few hours on 1 October,  worrying  about the damage and other adverse consequences that will be caused by the impact of this storm on buildings, houses, infrastructure and the beaches and local environment.  Residents of the Windward Islands, northern Venezuela and Colombia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Central America, Belize, Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Florida, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the USA Atlantic coastal regions beyond, have been and are worried about devastation and human suffering that will be wrought by MATTHEW’s passage.

Against the possibility of damaging impact from Hurricane Matthew or any other future hurricane, in this one of the most hurricane vulnerable regions anywhere, it would be fair to ask if you, as a homeowner, or building manager, or hospital administrator, or public official  sworn to guard the welfare of the people, or just as a resident or visitor to hurricane vulnerable communities, have confidence in how your building or house will perform under hurricane impact? Do you know what design criteria was used to build your building? Do you consider your building to be hurricane-resistant? Is your building protected against the impact of storm surge and breaking waves, in addition to wind?  How is sea-level rise affecting the structural integrity of your building?

Are you confident you have specific answers to these and many other similar questions regarding the performance of your building or house under expected impacts from hurricanes? Or how such expected impacts are being exacerbated by sea level rise and global warming?

Do you know what to do to improve the design of a new building or an existing one, to improve performance and reduce the potential for damage under expected hurricane impacts?

This book ‘Hurricane Mitigation for the Built Environment’  based on actual field work, years of experience assessing building damage caused by hurricanes, and practicing hurricane mitigation, by Ricardo A. Alvarez, will help you answer these questions and clearly understand the issues involved.

Following is a comment by someone who has read the book:

“I just finished reading Hurricane Mitigation for the Built Environment and realize I need to immediately run to our roof to see what shape it is in and how our equipment is anchored. Alvarez writes with such great clarity that the book is an easy read. I just ordered a second copy to share with our condominium’s board of directors and maintenance staff!”
—Bernard Horowitz, Ph.D., Co-Founder, V.I. Technologies, Inc.; Board Member, The Cleo Institute

Key features of the book include the following:

  • Focuses on the impact of hurricanes in coastal regions
  • Demonstrates the capabilities of reducing potential damages through hazard mitigation
  • Includes detailed figures, photos, and charts that give concrete examples of hazard mitigation and its purpose
  • Uses plain language to make technical issues easy to understand
  • Emphasizes the protection of life and property through the design and construction of hurricane- and climate-resistant buildings
  • Addresses long-term issues such as beach erosion and struggling tourism economies caused by hurricanes

You can now get this invaluable resource at 20% off the publisher’s price including shipping and handling. To order online please visit http://www.crcpress.com.  Use the search box on the upper right of the page and search for K25318. This will bring-up the book and you can put it in your shopping cart. Use the code LFO20 to get your 20% discount!

45 Years ago: A Giant Leap for Mankind!

From the annals of American space exploration!

Apollo 11 the first U.S.A. Lunar landing mission blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center 45 years ago today - 16 July 1969
Apollo 11 the first U.S.A. Lunar landing mission blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center 45 years ago today – 16 July 1969

In what was at the time one of the highest achievements of American engineering and technology, forty-five years ago, on 16 July 1969 the APOLLO 11 mission lifted-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Tha APOLLO 11 Lunar Landing mission crew: Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Command-Service Module 'Columbia' pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module 'Eagle' pilot Edwin Aldrin, Jr.
Tha APOLLO 11 Lunar Landing mission crew: Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, Command-Service Module ‘Columbia’ pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module ‘Eagle’ pilot Edwin Aldrin, Jr.

The complex mission, carried out in flawless manner by astronauts Neil Armstrong,  Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin,  involved several vehicles and complex maneuvers.

The Flag of the United States of America planted on Lunar soil in 1969
The Flag of the United States of America planted on Lunar soil in 1969

Mission Commander Neil Armstrong, who was the first human being to set foot on the Moon, is remembered for this and other feats  during his career, but mainly for his often quoted “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind! Armstrong who was a military pilot in active duty during the Korean War and one of the astronauts aboard the Gemini 8 mission, passed away in August 2012.

Commander Michael Collins, a former U.S. Air Force Pilot, was pilot of the ‘Columbia’ Command/Service module that remained in Lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin Jr. descended to the Moon’s surface riding the “Eagle’ Lunar module.  The Columbia was the rocket spacecraft that brought the three APOLLO 11 astronauts back to the Earth’s environs for their final landing aboard their capsule for a splash-down in the Pacific.

The Lunar Module 'Eagle' in the background ready to blast-off to take Commanders Armstrong and Aldrin back to the orbitting command/service module 'Columbia" and pilor Michael Collins for their return to our spaceship Earth
The Lunar Module ‘Eagle’ in the background ready to blast-off to take Commanders Armstrong and Aldrin back to the orbiting command/service module ‘Columbia” and pilot Michael Collins for their return to our spaceship Earth

Commander Edwin Aldrin Jr., also an air force pilot who saw active duty during the Korean War, was the pilot of the ‘Eagle’ Lunar Module, responsible for touching down on the Moon’s surface and for lifting-off from the Moon to ascend to the orbiting Columbia command module for the ride back to Earth.

The Lunar Module 'Eagle' ascending back to the orbiting 'Columbia' module, with astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin aboard. A 'half Earth' rises above the Lunar horizon...a 'pale blue dot' we all call home!
The Lunar Module ‘Eagle’ ascending back to the orbiting ‘Columbia’ module, with astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin aboard. A ‘half Earth’ rises above the Lunar horizon…a ‘pale blue dot’ we all call home!

On this day, the 45th anniversary of such an excellent accomplishment and triumph of the collective American spirit, let us all trust we shall be able to recapture the same leadership, unity of purpose, collective dedication to a national objective, and good all-American roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work ethic to reapply them to confronting the challenges of global warming, sea level change and climatic extreme events that so threaten our nation and all of humankind.

"One small step for a man, one giant step for mankind"
“One small step for a man, one giant step for mankind”

May our grandchildren in the year 2059 be able to look back and thank the leadership, unity of purpose and clear vision of their forefathers, our generation, who had the guts and the wisdom to put aside ideological differences to work for the common good of country and planet Earth. May they also be able to celebrate yet another giant leap for humankind!