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Disaster Group

Disaster Group. IDS 3920. Sarah Good Casey Pond. Carlos Calante Rachel Carden . Lee county . Population : 571,344 Private NonFarm Business: 15,126 Land Area, 2000 (square miles): 803.63 Persons per Square mile: 548.4. Wild Fires. Thousands of acres of land are up in flames

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Disaster Group

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  1. Disaster Group IDS 3920 Sarah Good Casey Pond Carlos Calante Rachel Carden

  2. Lee county • Population : 571,344 • Private NonFarm Business: 15,126 • Land Area, 2000 (square miles): 803.63 • Persons per Square mile: 548.4

  3. Wild Fires • Thousands of acres of land are up in flames • More than unnatural • Displaces business, • Affects health of majority of lee county population, elderly

  4. Wild Fires Picture and video taken by: Carlos Calante

  5. Hurricanes • Hurricanes that effected Ft. Myers: Hazel, Donna, Isabell, Judith, Abbey, Jenny, Dennis, Bob, Andrew, Gordon, Harvey, Gabrielle, Charley, Wilma. • In 1960 Hurricane Donna hit Southwest Florida as a Category 4 • 140 mph winds • 10 to 12 inches of rain in Southwest Florida • 1992 Hurricane Andrew hit as a Category 5 hurricane • caused 23 deaths and a total of $26.5 billion dollars in damage (38.1 billion 2006) • 25% of the Florida Everglades trees were knocked down by the storm. • August 13th 2004 Hurricane Charley made landfall in Southwest Florida • 10 direct deaths, 20 indirect deaths, and 13 billion dollars in damage making it the fourth costliest hurricane to hit the United States

  6. Hurricanes • 145 mph when it hit Port Charlotte • Storm surge of 6.5 feet at Captiva Island and created a ¼ mile inlet now know as Charley’s cut • It cut off power to as many as two million people in Florida. About 240,000 were still without power a week after Charley made landfall. • Damage to the Citrus crop was $150 million • Hurricane Wilma hit on October 24th 2005 • Directly responsible for 35 deaths and 26 indirect deaths in Florida • Damage in Florida alone caused $20.6 billions dollars in damage • FPL stated that Wilma left 6,000,000 people without power

  7. Financial Effects • Four hurricanes (Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne) and one tropical storm (Bonnie) pummeled the state last year leaving behind more than $50 billion http://www.inc.com/news/articles/200507/florida.html

  8. Financial Effects cont. • Tax Impact • This swell of economic activity also lined the state's coffers with $2 billion in unexpected tax revenues. • Tourism • A record 76 million tourists visited Florida in 2004 and spent nearly $57 billion. • In 2005, 40 billion tourists visited Florida and spent $25 billion • Crop and Orange Industry • The $9 billion dollar citrus industry absorbed $2 billion in hurricane-related damages http://www.inc.com/news/articles/200507/florida.html

  9. Financial Effects cont. • Plan and Preparedness • Donations and Taxes help in the aiding for preparing for future inevitable disasters • Donations accumulate millions of dollars each year in the planning of another disaster • Florida in effect has incorporated florida tax relief funds for those affected by hurricanes. Also a multi million dollar fund http://www.cfdiocese.org/news/news06/dplan06.htm

  10. Financial Effects Cont. • Upside to disasters • According to Enterprise Florida, a public/private partnership working to diversify Florida's economy, 225,000 new, non-agricultural jobs were created in the Sunshine State between May 2004 and May 2005 • With the National Weather Service predicting 12 to 15 storms to form this season -- with half of them becoming full-blown hurricanes -- the Sunshine State's economic future looks bright, even if the weather forecast isn't. http://www.inc.com/news/articles/200507/florida.html

  11. Preventing Disasters • Building Codes • Prescribed Burns • Drainage Systems

  12. Building Codes • Hurricane Straps • Polyurethane Foam

  13. Prescribed Burns • Accumulation of Fuels • Manageability • Cost Effective

  14. Drainage • SFWMD • C-43 Basin Project • Southwest Florida Feasibility Study • Gator Slough Improvements

  15. Picture and video taken by: Carlos Calante Drainage

  16. Preventing Disasters “Economic losses worldwide from natural disasters in the 1990s could have been reduced by $280 billion of just $40 billion had been invested in preventative measures.” - State of the World 2007 p. 123

  17. WAIS Divide Antarctica Project • View pictures of Antarctica Research Team here: http://picasaweb.google.com/calantec/JoeAntarticaResearchGroup • To visit main website click here: http://www.waisdivide.unh.edu/

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