An article published last year by the Natural Hazards Center effectively predicted the New Orleans disaster currently plastered all over our TV screens. What if Hurricane Ivan had not Missed New Orleans? describes with uncanny foresight the damage and disruption that would ensue if the levees were breached and a significant proportion of the population was unable to evacuate due to lack of transportation. There are some hard lessons here for contingency planners everywhere. Global warming undeniably changes the threat horizon for anyone located near the sea.
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