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Old 11-06-2012, 03:27 PM
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Originally Posted by Leaving4Ca View Post
I will be getting flood insurance when I move to Lakeland, that is a given. And after reading this thread, probably a small generator too...
If your house is not in a flood zone in Lakeland you'll be fine. No Storm Surge is going to get you. I promise you that.

Generator is a good idea since trees can knock out power.

I understand living by the water. I would love to live by the water... and if I ever do I will understand the risk of such. If a storm is coming... I'm leaving and hopefully my home will be there when I get back. If not... well... that was the risk of having such a place.

The fact is.... after each disaster, we as humans wake up and get better at preventing them the next time around.

It was fires in the late 1800's and early 1900's that could wipe out entire cities. Well, we use flame retardant items now, have fire equipment, sprinklers, hydrants, etc.

Earthquakes took out whole cities and killed lost and lots of people. Stricter building codes were a result. New design techniques, materials and engineering methods were developed and put in place to make building less vulnerable.

In the 90's major hurricanes hit Florida hard. Forecasting has improved by leaps and bounds, buildings have new wind resistance standards, products are available to retrofit your home, flood maps are looked at seriously, there are disaster plans now in place.

2000's appears to be more storms but now hitting places that aren't used to seeing them. Time to get on the ball and begin to prepare your city/region for these storms. New Orleans was terribly unprepared, but are now in a much better situation now to prevent something like Katrina happening again.

We will never be prepared for all that mother nature can throw at us. But as a species, we've done pretty well on preventing the same thing happening to the same place twice. We learn pretty quickly... but as a species we almost always have to make the mistake first... before we learn.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:05 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Originally Posted by algia View Post
Heyyy you're back...where have you been?
As usual, someone's feelings got hurt, and we cant have that, can we?
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