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  •  Why Build In Tornado Valley Again (1+ / 0-)
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    If I was a family living there I would definitely move.  Hurricanes are different than tornados because you can live in a hurricane area but just limit the damage by not living on the water.

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    by rssrai on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:03:05 AM PDT

    •  where do you go? (1+ / 0-)
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      There are friends and family and a job....would you move due to weather?  Because no matter where you live there is likely to be some risk of weather related crisis.  

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      by KibbutzAmiad on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:11:49 AM PDT

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    •  large sections of the planet vacant? (6+ / 0-)

      In order to significantly reduce the risk of human death due to severe weather, you would have to empty out large sections of the planet -- which would then put so much additional stress on the remaining sections that it would probably cause more problems. And where exactly are those risk-free areas? Where do you move to that is "safe" and will remain so over the next 30 years or 50? And can you find a job there, and a house you can afford? And, as one Inuit woman patiently explained to me, even if people are very nice to you, it's not your place, it's not the land where your spirit and your people belong.

      To me it makes more sense to accept that as humans, we live in a natural world that is inherently somewhat risky, and from time to time that risk hits you or someone you know. I haven't looked at the numbers recently, but I'm quite sure fewer people (even cute children) in the US die from tornados and hurricanes than from car crashes, gun accidents, domestic violence, medical negligence, or obesity.

      •  but those numbers are different regionally (0+ / 0-)

        no point in preparing for an ice storm in LA, but CT? we get those.

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        by Greg Dworkin on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:47:09 AM PDT

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    •  Would be nice, if I could afford it, (2+ / 0-)
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      But let's say your house is destroyed. Then you want to move. What about the house? You can't just walk away if you've got a mortgage. I have friends going through this in Atlantic City- their home was destroyed in Sandy (by flooding) and they want to just tear down the existing structure, sell the property and walk away. But the bank at this point won't let them do a short sale, so they're basically trapped at this point.
      By the way, not living on the water doesn't protect you from hurricanes, as many people who live inland in North Carolina can attest. Flooding from heavy rains from hurricanes have hit the western and central part of the state on numerous occasions.

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      by skohayes on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:50:43 AM PDT

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