Building Up

Building Up                                               constructum sursum

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A big part of emergency planning is preventative.  If the area floods regularly, don’t build there. If the region is destroyed by hurricanes on a semi-regular basis, move north or even west.  This isn’t the case for locals or even many transplants of the New Orleans area.  They take on the challenge of imminent destruction and say “bring it, I’m ready and I’m not leaving.”  Most houses are built up above standard flood levels with hurricane shutters to protect the glass from flying debris from strong winds.  For houses and camps (fishing huts) right on the water, it is not uncommon to see round structures that are able to redirect the flow of extreme winds allowing them to stay standing.

-JC

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