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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!

Florida’s Coastal Vulnerability

A U.S. Senator designated the place as ground zero, in terms of its growing vulnerability to the combined hazards of storm surge and sea level rise. Scientists and experts continue to offer research findings and data confirming the high risk this region faces.

I am speaking of Southeast Florida or what many people from others states or countries simply call Miami.

I believe the photo below, taken from the International Space Station, clearly illustrates the insular nature of the area. A rather large urban environment at the water’s edge, surrounded and crisscrossed by water.

Nocturnal view of Southeast Florida from the International Space Station. The picture is looking northward. The bright island of light just left and above the center is  the Miami urban region. Beyond it the lighta od urban centers in Central Florida and on the Gulf Coast are also visible. Toward the lower left corner we see the lights of uerban centers in Cuba.
Nocturnal view of Southeast Florida from the International Space Station. The picture is looking northward. The bright island of light just left and above the center is the Miami urban region. Beyond it the lights of urban centers in Central Florida and on the Gulf Coast are also visible. Toward the lower left corner we see the lights of urban centers in Cuba. The greenish colored waters surround the Bahamas.

This is our beautiful paradise, warm, friendly, multicultural, international, a magnet for many worldwide, and oh so vulnerable to hurricanes, coastal flooding, storm surge, wave impacts and the continuously persistent, inexorable and exacerbating factor of sea level rise.

 How long can we go on enjoying this paradise by just talking  about sustainability, adaptation and resilience, but without taking action to protect it?

Think regional protection!