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The large populations living in the urban areas of the East Coast already face the new challenges presented from this loss due to the rising sea levels, change in climate, and increasingly severe storms. The east coast has long been seen positively for its great location, low/no income tax, low property tax, rapid job growth, tax deductions, and subsidized rates. The ridiculously inaccurate low estimates of risk made by insurance companies people underestimated the potential for injury or death when moving here. Along with the insurance companies the developers also did not care about making communities in risky locations because of the high margin business and comfort of knowing after sale they had nothing to lose. Finally, all government levels often overlook and never interfere with where a development is made, because high rewards are gained from new towns such as job creation and increased political influence.
It seems now however, the devastation and hardships caused by storms such has Hurricane Sandy and Irene, which also lead to a drought, are starting to wake people up. The populations that are most vulnerable usually lack knowledge prior to experience, are illiterate or lack language proficiency, are culturally different, or lack social integration. Thus why senior living developments, mobile homes, and snowbirds were hardest hit after hurricane Charley.
In order to aid the population in the effort of loss reduction and facing the challenges caused by disaster there are many viable options. In order to reduce vulnerability we can increase access to decision making, increase community/neighborhood security, and have plans set for people who themselves along with their home’s are in the most danger.
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