Hurricanes are one of the most destructive acts of nature that can cause massive damage to properties and can result in serious injuries and even loss of lives. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
Each year, there is an average of 10 tropical storms, of which six becomes hurricanes. These figures are said to increase as climate change takes a serious toll on our planet. Hurricane Katrina, a category 3 hurricane that hit the U.S in 2005, is considered to be the costliest hurricane, with over $105 billion of damage in properties, infrastructures and livelihood. Because of that fact, many people are now concerned if their houses and other properties can withstand a strong hurricane during its onslaught.
Faced with this situation, many engineering firms are now taking action to further improve the strength of the infrastructures they design by using more advanced technologies, as well as getting involved in the rescue operations and reconstruction after the calamity.
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is an agency that is comprised of civilians and military personnel that responds during disasters and other emergencies, and provides engineering expertise to local and state governments. Their relief efforts during and after Hurricane Sandy are a strong testament to how big the role of engineers is in our society during calamities. Together with other government agencies, 40 specially trained teams were able to drain 475 million gallons of saltwater from various subway stations, and were able to clear 3.6 million cubic yards of debris in the city area.
These skills, along with the expertise from structural and electrical engineers, play a very big role in lessening the damage caused by natural disasters, rebuilding better infrastructures and, ultimately, ensuring public safety and health.
Engineering Express is one such firm taking action against storms, providing specialty engineering, forensic evaluations of storm damage, and repair along the east coast. Our significant work during Superstorm Sandy is just one example of how we were able to rapidly deploy and respond to over 300 damaged homes in New York and New Jersey.
Here’s an Infographic, courtesy of our friends at Lockatong Engineering, that provides a visual of engineers’ value during Hurricane Season. Thanks guys!