New Push for Mitigation and Resilience – several perspectives

From BloombergNews: Devastating Storms May Spur Action on Disaster Preparation

  •   Tougher building codes, buyouts could reduce harm next time
  •   Scolding from FEMA head brings resilience debate into the open”Hurricane Michael’s devastation could spur policymakers to better prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of climate change.”

From the Insurance Journal: Latest Storms May Finally Shift Focus to Disaster Mitigation by Local Communities

Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?

Hurricane Michael Reminds Us It’s Past Time to Get Smarter About Where We BuildSince 1970, the state has added nearly 15 million residents, most of them flowing into storm-prone counties that border the Gulf or the Atlantic.

After Hurricane Michael, Floridians must demand stronger building codes — everywhere

Why was there so much damage from Hurricane Michael? The easy answer: Michael was a spectacularly strong hurricane. Near the top of the scale.
The rest of the answer is, however, that important people decided that homes and businesses and Air Force bases housing billions of dollars in airplanes should be built to a lower standard than Mother Nature’s reality dictated. They bet that a superstrong storm wasn’t going to come along. They lost the bet.



Examining the FL Building Code

From the Miami Herald: Florida’s building code is tough, but Michael was tougher. Is it time for a rewrite?

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael may have exposed a weak spot in Florida’s lauded statewide building code, among the strongest anywhere when it comes to windstorms: Across much of the Panhandle, the rules may not be tough enough.

That’s because the code’s requirements for wind resistance vary widely by location. And while they’re most rigorous in famously hurricane-prone South Florida, they taper down the farther north you move along the peninsula. In most of the Panhandle, the code requirements are significantly less stringent.