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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
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What can people who live in such regions do to protect themselves when a serious storm surge is threatening?

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The measures which can be adopted by people who live in regions shown in the accompanying figure, to protect themselves from a serious storm surge threat.

Explanation

Coastal wetlands and the barrier islands are natural agents that protect a region from storm surge. However, these have dissappeared nowadays due to increased anthropogenic activities. Hence, these natural ecosystems should be promoted and reestablished in areas prone to storm surges.

The construction of levees and seawalls can also help to certain extent to prevent the land areas getting flooded because of storm surge. Another measure that could be tried is protecting the foundation of houses or other buildings with sandbags. The sandbags have to arranged not only around the foundation, but also adjacent to all outlets or openings. Glass or aluminum flood panels could be also used around vents.

In case of living in a flood prone area, no important documents should be kept in the basement, rather those should be stored at a higher level to protect from getting damaged. In case, if the neighboring regions are susceptible to flooding of any type, then the furnace, electrical panel, and water heater of a house constructed in such regions should be elevated...

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