Another natural disaster hit the US – a fierce tornado ravaged its way through Oklahoma. While we all mourn the losses, the engineer in me started thinking about building codes and land use. (Apparently, so did Joshua Schwartz of the NY Times – No Safe Room To Run To )
One of the best ideas I’ve seen in Japan (and trust me when I say, there are so many), is using river banks as soccer fields. Flood cleanup of houses? Nope.
After Fukushima, most of the buildings were retrofitted to make sure they too wouldn’t collapse.
I’ve lived through a thousand year flood in WV and was a part of the Hurricane Rita and Katrina cleanup. Some of what we need to do is go back to the basics.
We need to start thinking about preventation and risk mitigation again in the US.