Management of hurricanes

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Global issues climatic hazards
Management of hurricanes
Short term
Forecast/detect/monitor-authorities
- Satellites predict path of hurricane
- Buoys detect wave height and measure surface temperature
- Aircraft can fly into hurricanes to monitor wind speeds
- Weather balloons measure humidity and pressure
Warnings and evacuation-authorities
- Hurricane watch- hurricane possible within 36 hours
- Hurricane warning- hurricane conditions expected within 24 hours
Reduce the impact- communities
- Sand bags to prevent flooding
- Board up windows and doors
- Make valuables safe
Long term
Improve resilience
- Reconstruct- rebuild away from coasts and rebuild resilient
buildings and hurricane shelters
- Improve forecasting- invest in forecasting, expertise and technology,
clear evacuation plans and procedures
- Soft engineering- better protection of wetlands which are a natural
buffer zone and consider the impact of river management
- Hard engineering- build higher levees
- Managed retreat- move settlements away from the coast

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