EFFECTS OF HURRICANE
Fall 2008, CmpE 202-05
To provide the precautionary measures that could be taken to reduce the effect of
disaster and to provide economical, physical, spiritual, and emotional help to the victims
of this calamity.
Hurricane, as a natural disaster when occurred, has negative impact on
people as well as the environment. The effect of this disaster could be loss of life,
property damage, scarcity of food, contaminated drinking water supplies, multiple oil
spills typically from above-ground tanks, leaking underground tanks containing fuel and
chemicals, lose of breeding grounds of marine life, loss of home for birds and migration
of birds to new habitat, and an outbreak of health problems. Due to these problems, there
is a necessity to take precautionary measures to reduce the impact of the catastrophe,
make necessary arrangements to provide food, water, clothing, medical care, and security
to the victims, mental health counseling to disaster victims to overcome the sadness and
depression, search, and rescue operations.
Television and Newspaper reports about hurricanes and the damage caused by it
moved our heart to find more details and later study about the effects of hurricanes. We
did some research on hurricanes, read articles related to measures, that were a failure for
hurricane “Katrina” which is considered to be one of the deadliest hurricanes.
Although hurricane being a natural disaster cannot be prevented, at
least appropriate measures can be taken to minimize its impact. Some of the measures are
Flood protection system must be properly established. Flood walls and levees can
be built strong enough. so that they sustain from breaches and also continuous
and proper maintenance has to be done. Improved positioning and defense of
modern pump stations should be adapted.
Predicting an upcoming Hurricane using Satellite information will help to make
the necessary precautionary measures, so that the relief process can be made fast
and effectively saving many lives and properties. Also, people must cooperate by