8/30/2017 5 Comments
My piece on the Conversation: After Harvey, Texans will think differently about hurricanes
I just published an analysis piece on Hurricane Harvey and its policy implications on the Conversation.
Here is the last paragraph, "Given the devastation Harvey has incurred among coastal residents in Texas, we expect that these communities will be shell-shocked in the foreseeable future. This heightened risk perception will translate into adaption and mitigation actions. If another big storm hits Texas in the near future, residents will be more ready. New Orleans, where local officials issued detailed instructions last week about preparing for Harvey, is a perfect example for Houston to follow."
3/1/2018 09:59:42 am
The article makes perfect sense, people's sense of how dangerous something can be is based off previous experience with that thing. If I were to move out to California, and a super big earthquake hit, I wouldn't know what to expect, or what to do. However, since I live in the south and know how dangerous a hurricane can be, I am prepared. Since we do not live directly on the coast, hurricanes aren't as likely to hit at full force. Based off the map graph, those people that live in south east Louisiana have the most experience of being hit by hurricanes, and would be the most prepared to evacuate if needed. It would be interesting to see the same poll asked to residents that live in higher effected area, and see the high differences in the two.
3/1/2018 05:13:50 pm
This article is very relatable, people's perception of danger is not always what it should be especially when that person has not experienced a danger like Harvey in a long time or even in their life. I also know that part of what made the flooding from Harvey so bad is that Houston was not built to handle it, and there is so much concrete there that the water had no where to go so it just stayed in one place. I would imagine that after the hurricane they government in Texas would be making plans to prevent this from happening again and to learn from the mistakes that were made before. I would also hope the the citizens would be more willing to listen to the news and weather stations when they say to evacuate.
3/1/2018 07:21:16 pm
I like this article for a person interested in meteorology it makes sense. People relate to what they have seen and witnessed. Houston wad not prepared for such a storm. Like New Orleans Houston is only 80 feet above sea level and New Orleans is only one to two feet below sea level witch makes it susceptible to flooding during a hurricane. second of all Houston is all concrete so the water had no where to go and left the streets flooded for weeks. After the hurricane the Texas government would first try to reconstruct Houston and then find new ways to prevent it from happening again. And Hopefully the citizens of Houston will better listen to warning and evacuation orders.
3/1/2018 11:12:41 pm
This article is relatable because as humans once we have experienced something we prepare for the worst and are better equipped for the situation the second time around. Also if you never really experienced something like a hurricane before our minds will resort to oh this will never happen to me or a hurricane can't hit here, then ignore warnings until it's too late. Some areas aren't prepared for natural disasters either because of their location or other geological aspects. Now that the people of Houston have been affected by this tragedy, there will be more people likely to listen to the warnings and follow things like the instructions from New Orleans.
3/4/2018 05:57:32 pm
I really enjoyed reading this article. It is understandable and it also relates to my hometown. Although the residents in Texas and Texas itself was not really prepared for what had happen just like my hometown, we are always prepared for the next one. Going on to New Orleans, just like my hometown we know when a hurricane will come our way. We start preparing right away as another state follows and do the same thing.
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