Managing the Impact of Tropical Storms Flashcards

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What is physical vulnerability in the context of tropical storms?

Physical vulnerability refers to how certain physical features (e.g., steep slopes in mountainous areas and low-lying coastlines) can increase the risk of landslides, storm surges, flooding, and high winds during tropical storms.

How does economic vulnerability affect the impact of tropical storms?

Economic vulnerability affects the impact by highlighting the limited financial resources in developing countries for storm damage repairs and recovery.
In contrast, developed countries may face higher costs due to damage to complex infrastructure.

What role does social vulnerability play in the aftermath of a tropical storm?

Social vulnerability involves the quality of infrastructure and the availability of post-storm support.
Developing countries often have poorer quality buildings and may struggle to provide adequate healthcare and support after a storm.

How do highly industrialised countries (HICs) monitor tropical storms?

HICs use advanced tracking tools like weather charts, computer software, radar and satellites.

Organisations like the National Hurricane Centre provide early warnings and alerts to prepare the public.

What are some planning strategies for tropical storms?

Planning strategies include creating evacuation routes, stockpiling essential supplies, raising public awareness, reinforcing buildings, conducting training and drills, and implementing early warning systems.

What are some protection measures against tropical storms?

Protection measures include constructing buildings on stilts, using reinforced concrete, having fixed roofs, and covering windows with metal shutters or wooden planks.

These measures help reduce damage and are seen as long-term investments.

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