The Hazards Of South Florida

1335 WordsNov 9, 20146 Pages
South Florida is home to 5.8 million residents. This area consists of Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County. Through out the year these residents and also tourists have to deal with different hazards. I will be choosing Fort Lauderdale as my community. Fort Lauderdale has to deal with severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. Both of these hazards bring with them multiply hazards themselves. They bring severe wind, lightning strikes, flooding, and storm surges. South Florida also has to deal with wildfires in the Everglades. Wildfires are a threat to the communities that are located near the Everglades. The smoke that is created from the fires can also be harmful to communities near the fire and even farther away.…show more content…
In coastal flooding the coastal areas are flooded due to storm activity at sea. The waves break through coastal defenses and submerge the area. What can you expect from flooding. Loss of life and damage to both buildings and other structures. Floods can also damage power systems which then cause the effected area to be without power. With the loss of power, water treatment plants are also effected. This could cause loss of water or even contamination. Floods can also damage roadways which would make it hard to get aid to the effected areas. South Florida is a major tourist location. Flooding can cause economic problems with the reduced tourism. Flooding of homes can cause severe medical problems. When a home is flooded the water saturates the walls and other places which can grow mold. This will cause respiratory problems and other health issues. (Flood) Mitigation is one of the best tools that can be used to save lives and minimize damage to property and the community infrastructure. Fort Lauderdale is located in a flood zones. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an example of flood mitigation. South Florida participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. This program allows residents whose homes are located in flood zones to obtain flood insurance to insure their property against flood damage. The cities have to provide the residents with information to
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