Scientists Fear “Hurricane Amnesia” in Florida Residents
There is an old saying – “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This applies to several areas of life, however Florida residents may be forgetting that it also applies to the weather; specifically, hurricane season. Hurricanes are more than just seasonal storms – they can be devastating, sometimes fatal weather events. Despite this, scientists have noticed a disturbing trend among Florida residents in terms of their hurricane preparation – or lack thereof.
2013 brought with it another relatively quiet hurricane season, marking the 8th year since a hurricane higher than a category 2 made landfall in the United States. While this news is great for home and business owners, scientists are wary that this extended dry spell will result in a case of “hurricane amnesia.” This is eerily common amongst areas prone to hurricanes. Scientists agree that this trend can be blamed on the gaps between storms. Even though “hurricane season” occurs during late summer and fall each year, hurricanes rarely strike an area two years in a row. Instead, hurricane-prone areas have intervals of safe time, which can last a few years or several years, depending on the area.
These periods of safety may seem like a blessing, and can lull many Floridians into a state of hurricane amnesia, causing them to forget the severity of previous storms and disregard warnings about upcoming storms. Studies have found this alarming habit happens even after the most severe, devastating hurricanes.
Instead of taking proposed safety reforms or hurricane awareness campaigns seriously, they regard them as mere scare tactics. Because people do not take hurricane warnings seriously, they do not take the proper precautions for the oncoming storms. It is easy to see how hurricane amnesia can actually lead to more severe hurricane damage in communities.
People afflicted with hurricane amnesia may fail to put together organized evacuation plans. All too often, this results in a failure to evacuate quickly, which makes it increasingly difficult for emergency services to assist these families. According to a study by the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference, one in three Floridians has neither a hurricane preparation kit nor a family disaster plan.
For many, hurricane amnesia is an unfortunate side effect of trying to forget the tragedy of a previous hurricane and move on with life. When a person must acknowledge each and every year that they live in an area prone to dangerous weather, it can be difficult for them to ever feel safe and comfortable. Failing to prepare may cause tragedy to strike again. Floridians need to acknowledge their hurricane anxiety and study the weather patterns, so that communities and families can be safe.
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