If you are one of those families who live in a traditionally flood-prone or low-lying section of town then you should be giving some serious thought to the twin issues of foundation repair and home elevation to withstand all but the most catastrophic weather conditions. Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with those who warn about the impacts of global warming, the effects of flooding upon your life and your family are too great to ignore. And these efforts must include plans and programs to see that our youth are also protected from the potential impacts of catastrophic floods. One strategy is to see that the institutions we build for the education and civilization of our youth are safely protected from all but the worst possible floods and structural damage. Those sites should contain the books, computers, classrooms and meeting areas that can be brought back into use quickly so recovery efforts can begins within hours.
The sooner these places are up and running, the sooner the youth in the community can participate in programs designed to aid the area in its recovery efforts, such as getting rid of accumulations ofdebris that tends to lead to the overflow of storm drains. And they can also learn the things to do to help people who live in low-lying areas if they may have to evacuate. Youngsters can help collect items and put them where they can be listed and identified by the owners. This could be part of a program to help folks categorize possessions and list things that are necessary in the event of an evacuation. Something as simple as telling the community about using Groupons to save money on retailers like The Children’s Place could be essential information for those trying to normalize their lives.
Such contributions can expedite a program designed to improve a community’s ability to withstand flooding and storms. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that the long-term effects of nature probably can’t be withstood for long; new strategies and approaches must be developed. The youngsters affected by these disasters may become the engineers, scientists and politicians of the future. They might develop the long-term solutions future communities use to cope with conditions resulting from the short-sided acts of earlier generations.