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PURPOSE: Discuss the mitigation of Puerto Rico's post-hurricane water source contamination and shortage, using water desalination capabilities. - CORE WATER DESALINATION QUESTIONS: 1. Solar desalination occurs in many countries and remote tourist destinations around the world, so why not in use it for the Water Shortage in Puerto Rico, is it too expensive? ANSWERS: => Desalination can be utilized the same way it is being ...more »
I HAD to have Flood Ins per my mortgage company (PNC Bank) when I bought my home. Dec 23, 2013 - our area had a flood. the flood water got up to the underside of our floors and stayed that high about 2 weeks once the river receded we still had puddles under our home. the weight of our home caused our foundation to give in the flood water saturated ground when the foundation gave out roof buckled. After the flood we ...more »
• Approximately 30% of structures in high-risk flood areas are not insured • 20% of flood insurance claims come from homeowners in low risk areas • Only 1% of structures in low risk areas have flood insurance • High premiums discourage the purchase of flood insurance • High premiums cause some to let their insurance policies lapse What apps, technology, or information might persuade INDIVIDUALS to buy flood insurance? ...more »
We could probably establish some type of project for graduate students in civil engineering who work with flooding, and name it: How to Fool Proof Your Basement from Flooding. Students could come up with very creative methods on how this can be done. Along with understanding building systems engineering technology, including house foundations and mitigating flood disasters, it could be coupled up with a computer graphics ...more »
I think there needs to be a lot more work done on the side of meteorology, storm predictions, combined with civil engineering techniques to have better designs of roads and highways to manage floods. One thing that came to mind is deciding upon how we dissipate flooded waters more efficiently from flooded areas. Perhaps some sort of system like a major scale plumbing type of circuit to redirect flooded waters into large ...more »
If you own a business, do you have flood insurance? What information helped you decide whether or not to purchase it?
In what ways can businesses (and their communities) benefit from purchasing flood insurance?
Did you know there are 8 to 9 million structures in high risk flood zones? And that only 2.6 million are covered by the National Flood Insurance Program?
What information affects an individual's decision to purchase flood insurance?
Research suggests that understanding risks, a false sense of security, and cost can contribute to this complex issue. What do you think can be done to help?
What information do you need to have in hand when trying to motivate community residents to either evacuate or take protective action as a flood emergency nears?
Road conditions, weather predictions, power status, and status of communications are top-tier elements of information essential to any hazard. When you are certain that a flood emergency will occur, what else do you need, when do you need it, and how do you need it?
What data and information must you always have at your fingertips in order to create and maintain effective flood response plans with your emergency management partners (and why)?
The alert and warning problems raised yet again in the latest S&T National Conversation cannot be fully addressed without infrastructure modernization. Our 10+ year study and technical feasibility efforts showed that ‘smart’ alert and warning devices are key, and the only practical path to the required performance, precision, flexibility and reliability. This ‘smart’ tech can deliver (not just issue but cause people ...more »
Utilizing inexpensive easily configure Wifi devices delivered via lighter than air transport and configured to accept connections from all WiFi enabled devices set up ad-hoc network communications for access by the public. To solicit help or situational reports.
On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the small town of Ellicott City experienced a severe flash flood that killed two people and damaged many of the town's historic downtown core and destroyed hundreds of vehicles. The rapid onset of the flood caught many residents and visitors by surprise, and according to several residents, was the worst they had ever seen. The National Weather Service reported that over 6 inches of rain fell ...more »