Evacuation orders and/or states of emergency are now in effect in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina as Hurricane #Irma charges toward the US mainland. We send our continued thoughts and well wishes to our members and friends in the area, and we ask that you be safe. ... See MoreSee Less
The disaster which has been unfolding in South Texas demonstrates that Greens are right to be proactive in approaching potential disasters, not out of pessimism but out of the realism that they will s...
As we see continued news reports of the disaster unfolding in South Texas, I've found myself asking more than once: "Is there more that we, as social scientists, as community members, as fellow human beings, can do to help with the current situation? What can we do to be of meaningful service so that the next time something like this happens--and there will be a next time--those who need to prepare can be better prepared to react and address the situation?"
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Eddie WellerLiving here, I am not sure how you prepare for this kind of rain event. We are beyond the 500 year flood plan (0.2% chance of it happening in a year). Houston, having grown up around a swamp and bayous, is naturally flood prone, but no place can take 30-50 inches of rain. At my house, with my little rain gauge, I have measured 30.9 inches.
One bright spot, which occurred during Hurricane Ike, too, is that the Republican Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Democratic Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (White was mayor during Ike), are working very well together for the people.
I probably have a different perspective since I am here; obviously, future planning can help, but you cannot stop the weather. Harris County has put in detention ponds and other flooding helps, but this was just too much water--never seen before.
Continued good wishes to our many friends and members in South Texas. We’ve heard from some who have already returned home, but many more are still dealing with the torrential rainfall that continues. Be safe, one and all. ... See MoreSee Less
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