After Sandy—Who's Next?
This talk will discuss four vulnerable coastal communities, each having uniquely different challenges tied to land use, building practices or demographics. The keys to vulnerability in each case will be brought out along with the relative risk of occurrence. The Virginia Tidewater region – Norfolk-Hampton – is highly vulnerable to surge and is a difficult evacuation challenge. The Low Country of coastal South Carolina and Georgia is long overdue and the near miss of Hugo in 1989 renders a risk awareness challenge related to storm surge. The southwest coast of Florida from Sarasota to Naples has mostly developed without a major storm surge event. In addition to being at high risk for large surge, the retirement age demographic provides an added challenge. Finally, the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas (and the adjacent population in Mexico) an incredible challenge socio-economically for preparedness and evacuation.