The government agencies provide better mitigation plans than local
communities. With their budget and plans, they will be able to shield
Florida from future devastation. While promoting research and publicizing
the detrimental effects of hurricanes, the government can minimize the loss
of lives as well as the costs of the damages following the tropical storm
For the first half of the 20th century, Florida was hit with the
hardest blows by hurricanes. Locals started taking more precautions toward
this natural phenomenon, but as decades went by, nothing happened and the
damages left behind by the last tropical storm dissipated from their minds.
Nature has not disturbed Florida until 1992 when Hurricane Andrew struck.
Before Hurricane Andrew, protection against storms was minimal. The
roofers on top of the buildings offered close to no shielding. Buildings
could be blown away by strong winds, let alone hurricanes. Evacuations were
nearly impossible when a storm stirred up. Florida proved to be one of the
most hazard-prone areas, which is why it is extremely crucial for the state
implement safety plans to deal with the consequences following natural
There’s a list of mitigation plans that communities can use to limit
the costs dealing with disasters. Hospitals can be built in hazard prone to
provide health care for those whose lives are in danger. Businesses should
be discouraged from being built in hazardous zones. Certain homes and
buildings are limited to minimize damage as much as possible. The public
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notified of the dangers of living in their homes if they live in a zone
where hurricanes hit frequently.
Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida’s economy tremendously in the
August of 1992.
The tropical storm cost the United States $25 – $30 billion
and gained the title as the most expensive natural disaster in U.S.
history. It destroyed nearly 63,000 homes, damaged another 100,000 homes,
and left 250,000 people homeless. Much action could’ve been done to prevent
After the hurricane, the Laboratory for Structural Mitigation ordered
that roof sheathing panels must be constructed in every home because it
protects homes from the pressure of the winds.
The International Hurricane
Research Center also conjured up many disciplines to mitigate the damages.
Among the disciplines involve architecture, finance, insurance, and urban
planning. Brought to attention, The Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) decided to hike up the insurance rate for hazard prone areas because
their argument was that people should pay the price of living in high-risk
areas. After Hurricane Andrew, much research was done on hurricanes. The
research provided information on how to design homes that will best shield
the interior. More information was given about development that lead to
“hurricane loss reduction devices” and other techniques to counter the
One such example is the creation of hurricane traps that will
allow homes to maximize losses of property. The Residential Construction
Mitigation Program focused their program on educating the public on
hurricanes through public education programs,
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continuously researching to develop new mitigation techniques, and to
encourage homeowners to better shield their homes. Though all this was done
by all different programs, it is not enough to save lives and help lessen
the amount of damage done.
The governor has stepped into this issue by creating training
seminars for volunteers to prepare for potential future disasters. Governor
Jeb Bush has also reinforced the importance of being for a storm by giving
the public the access to hurricane information. The public is aware of the
damages that hurricanes are capable of causing and acknowledges the routes
one can take for one’s safety.
They can evacuate or follow building codes.
It’s not a matter of intruding privately owned lands; it’s a matter of
safety and protection. Governmental agencies should have the right to
regulate the use of privately owned lands in hazard prone areas. It is the
government’s best interest to limit costs of damages as well as protect the
lives of the people. The government has the power to dramatically reduce
future hurricane damages. They have the money to fund different kinds of
They have the right to build new buildings that are able to
withstand the strength of an upcoming disaster and have the ability to make
improvements for the old buildings. The government can transform some of
the buildings into instant shelters for the people. They have the means to
encourage safe building codes to homeowners and contractors. Since the
government owns the roads and highways, they can improve them for easier
evacuations when the time calls for it. .